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Recipe: Fauxtato Salad

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Recipe: Fauxtato Salad

I like the yuca in my Terra Chips a lot (a LOT a lot), but Kat has used this root in a completely different way! For the original post about her twist on a classic, visit Kat's blog.

doesn't that look like potato salad?? well it is not. that, is yuca salad!

i was introduced to yuca by my dear friend tinker. she brought my family cuban food when we were in our babymoon. it was all so scrumptious, but the fried yuca was my favorite. later, when i was off nightshades, we had it again. this time i realized that the yuca was similar in taste & texture to potato.

it took me awhile to get courageous enough to prepare yuca on my own, but i finally did. i bought mine at whole foods, but i imagine i can find it (for less money) at a hispanic market. here, in los angeles, there are many. look for specialty markets in your area first, because wf charged a pretty penny.

preparing the yuca is simple. shave the skin with a sharp knife, or peeler. you then cut the yuca into thick slices, & drop them carefully into a pot of boiling water. keep an eye on the pot; as you would with potatoes; & drain when fork-tender.

at this point i cut the slices into cubes, & stuck the majority into the fridge. the remainder i fried in olive oil, to eat right then, with salt & pepper mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

the next day i tossed the chilled yucca with the ingredients of my mother's potato salad, & voilá! fauxtato salad for those allergic/sensitive to nightshades.

notes: yuca has a hint of sweetness to it. the salad was delicious, but it needed to be tweaked for balance. next time i'd swap the sweet onions for scallions, perhaps add some chopped olives, or a bit of horseradish?? definitely some crushed garlic. great, now i'm hungry. if you prefer a sweet potato salad, like my mil's, then you could just do a straight yuca-for-tater swap.

what is your favorite cuban treat? fried yuca? fried plantains? do tell!

Kats in the Belfry is home to wool crowns, pencil pouches, stuffed chickens and unique peg dolls. Kat says, "i enjoy making toys that inspire creative play. all creations are made from natural materials: fabric, wood, felt, paper. i strive to make things that spark the imagination, feel good in their hands, & are just plain pretty."



Blogger germandolls said...

Looks super, Kat. If I come across a yucca I will try it. I should send it to my Cuban friend...

September 21, 2010 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger mrsbeccijo said...

Yummy Kat! Where do you get your yucca?

September 21, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger EvesLittleEarthlings said...

I have never seen yucca for sale in Guelph! It is a treat I will have to travel to taste, I guess!
It looks delicious!

September 24, 2010 at 12:23 PM  

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