Bollitos de Yuca (Cheese-Filled Cassava Balls)

Bollitos de yuca (Cheese-filled cassava balls)

Locavores are those who are part of a global movement that proposes the consumption of locally-grown food. It’s a movement fueled by concerns about the environment and the nutritional quality of food that has travelled from afar, and subjected to diverse methods of preservation.

As with anything, there are several sides to this argument.

Bollitos de yuca (Cheese-filled cassava balls)

As with any non-centralized movement, there is no “official” definition of what makes a person a locavore, or what “local” means. A common definition is that local food is produced within 100 miles of the consumer. How feasible following this rules is depends on where the consumer is. It is much easier to eat local when one lives in an area with a mild climate, as opposed to a region with a more unforgiving climate.

So, why eat local?

Bollitos de yuca (Cheese-filled cassava balls)

Reason no. 1 is, as I mentioned above, because eating local reduces the stress on the environment by eliminating or reducing the need for transportation, refrigeration and preservation, which means a much smaller carbon footprint. Another advantage is that fresh food is almost always more nutritious and better-tasting than refrigerated, or preserved food. A third reason why eating local is a good idea, although not the main reason for which many do it, is that local food is generally more inexpensive than “exotic” foods.

So, is there any downside to this?

Bollitos de yuca (Cheese-filled cassava balls)

There is (some claim), but for me the advantages of a largely local diet outweigh the disadvantages, in most cases. I think we should strive to eat as much as possible from local sources. This is possible in the DR, as our traditional diet largely consists of foods grown locally, and we even grow foods that do not normally grow in the tropics. I am also a huge fan of homemade options for industrial foods and ingredients (see our growing collection of recipes for seasonings and condiments), and growing at least some of my own food.

I must admit to consuming foods that travel from afar from time to time, but the vast majority of our food comes from our own country (although not necessarily from within the 100 mile radius).

How about you start choosing as much of your food grown locally as you can? It’s good for you, it’s good for your pocket, it’s good for the environment.

Aunt Clara
Bollitos de Yuca (Cheese-Filled Cassava Balls) Recipe
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Learn how to make these Dominican Bollitos de yuca (Cheese-Filled Cassava Balls), crispy outside, soft and cheesy inside. A sure hit with your guests.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 lb. of cassava (yuca)
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ lb of cheddar, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon of curly parsley, finely chopped
  • Sufficient oil for deep frying (a minimun of 3 cups)
  • ¼ cup of flour
  • Salt
  1. Peel and boil the cassava until it is tender, adding a tablespoon of salt to the water.
  2. Take out of the water and puree.
  3. Add the butter, parsley and milk and mix well.
  4. Season with salt to taste and let cool down to room temperature.
  5. Put two tablespoonfuls of the mixture in the palm of your hand. Flatten it, put a cheese cube in the center and roll around it into a ball.
  6. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  7. Whisk the egg. Dipp the balls into the egg, then into the flour. Coat it with flour and shake off the excess.
  8. Chill uncovered for 2-4 hours (you can keep them frozen in a lidded container for a couple of days).
  9. Fry in very hot oil over medium heat until they are golden brown.
  10. Place on a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  11. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2 balls


  1. belma

    I have never ever made it tasted Dominican food and have tried to make these as part of world food day that my partner and I do every month! But they were so sticky, I couldn’t roll them out easily and had to add a lot of flour to even get them to roll! I’m not sure what they will taste like, but what did I do wrong?

    • It could be a bad batch of cassava, or you may have left it in the water after boiling and it absorbed too much water. The are supposed to be a little sticky, but not too much.

  2. Emilia

    What cheese can i Use for the yuca Balls? IT is very Hard in Europa to find some fruits and vegetables from DR i am from Dr and i live our food but if i want to cook something i can’t find the ingredients in any Supermarkt or any Shop

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