Batata y yuca fritas (Sweet potato and cassava fries)

Batata y yuca fritas (Fried sweet potato and cassava)

If you are looking to two foods that speak of the history of Dominican food it has to be cassava and sweet potatoes. Both were part of the Taino diet, long before a European ever set food in this side of the planet. It is our luck that this roots, who grow easily in our island, have remained an important part of our culinary culture.

These two ingredients are probably the most important elements in our kitchen bequeathed to us by our pre-colombian ancestors.

Batata y yuca fritas (Fried sweet potato and cassava)

Cassava is a tuberous plant, native to America, that grows in the tropics. Cassava tolerates poor soil and drought fairly well, which makes it an ideal crop for resource-poor populations. It is very rich in carbohydrates but poor in protein. The bitter variety of cassava is fairly toxic when not prepared correctly. But fear not, this variety is rarely available commercially.

Good cassava is very tender, with a rich buttery taste. It can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner and goes well with nearly any dish in our cuisine.

Batata y yuca fritas (Fried sweet potato and cassava)

Another staple of the taino diet was batata: sweet potato. Its name originates from the Taino language and it grew in our island in pre-Columbian times. In the US sweet potatoes are often mislabeled as yams. Yams are of Asian/African origin.

There are many varieties of sweet potatoes. The one with orange flesh common in the US is know available in the DR, the most common one here has purple skin and greenish flesh. It is also sweeter and richer in starch than the orange one. This is important because in some dishes the lack of starch will yield poor results in your recipe (like in pan de batata)

Batata y yuca fritas (Fried sweet potato and cassava)

These simple fritters are usually found in frituras, the humble neighborhood food stands, but also as appetizers in fancier restaurants. You can also serve them to accompany your meat dishes.

Aunt Clara
Batata y yuca fritas (Fried sweet potato and cassava)
 
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A very simple recipe that can either be served as an appetizer or as a side dish. If you serve it as an appetizer consider serving them with the dip of your choice (the yuca fritters go very well with mayo or tartar sauce).
Serves: 6 porciones
Ingredients
  • 1 lb of sweet potatoes or cassava (yuca), peeled
  • 3 cups of oil for frying
  • Salt
Instructions
  1. Dice the sweet potatoes into slices about ¼-inch thick (if you use yuca cut into sticks).
  2. Mix 3 cups of water and a tablespoon of salt.
  3. Submerge the cassava or sweet potatoes in the salted water for half an hour.
  4. Take the cassava or sweet potatoes out of the water.
  5. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  6. Heat the oil over medium fire.
  7. Fry until light golden (careful with splatters).
  8. Serve hot.
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  • Yasmin August 30, 2011, 12:01 PM

    Hola Tia Clara: Queria saber por que se necesita poner la yuca en agua salada antes de freir? Tambien queria saber si hay un acompanado para la yuca, o sea, un mojito o algo??? Gracias! :)

    • Aunt Clara September 15, 2011, 9:46 AM

      Yasmin, es la mejor forma de agregar sal a la yuca. Puedes acompañar con el dip que más te guste.

  • Hoda March 30, 2011, 6:53 AM

    Ami me gusta el Batata y yuca fritas.