Combine two of Dominicans' favorite roots in a creamy, luscious, tasty arracacha or creole celery root and yuca mash (puré de yuca y cepa de apio) to die for. Putting yuca and cepa de apio together gives us a new and much more complex flavor that I love, and you will too.
By- Last reviewed . Published Mar 14, 2014
Why we ❤️ it
The first time I made this delicious mash it was out of necessity: I wanted to serve mashed potatoes but didn't have any. I'm not a big fan of cassava (yuca) mash; it tends to be a bit too dry and sticky, although the flavor can be heavenly.
So I figured I would mix it with another root I love, which has a more forgiving texture: arracacha. The mash was just what the doctor ordered -- metaphorically speaking. It was the perfect texture, and the ingredients were hard to discern once mixed: the sweetness of a good yuca and the lightness of celeriac.
What's cepa de apio
Cepa de apio is a root vegetable that originates in the Andes region; it is known in South America as arracacha, and cepa de apio in the Dominican Republic. In English, it may be found as creole celery root.
It is a starchy nutritious root vegetable with a mild taste, and texture and flavor similar to potato.
Celery root and cassava mash.
- For a garlicky version, you can substitute garlic powder for onion powder.
- By the way, you can follow the same recipe and substitute potatoes for cepa de apio and yuca to make the world's best mashed potatoes. Word.
- For the smoothest puree, a potato ricer or food mill [Amazon affiliate links] are my preferred method.
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Cepa de Apio and Yuca Mash (Puré de Yuca y Arracacha)
- Place cassava (yuca) and celeriac in a pot, and add sufficient water to cover it plus a couple of inches [5 cm]. Boil until they are very soft, adding ½ tablespoon table salt to the water. Once boiled remove from the water and discard the water.
- Remove the hard center of the yuca (look like nerves). Mash until the mixture is very smooth and there aren't any lumps.
3. Add cream
- Incorportate heavy cream and onion powder and mix well. Taste and season with salt to taste if you find it necessary.
- Sprinkle with chopped chives before serving.
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutrition information.