People always bring their cooking wherever they settle and South Florida is home to millions of Cubans. The first time we went to a local Cuban restaurant, we had fried yucca with cilantro sauce. And immediately after the refreshing taste and cool sauce hit my taste buds, my mind worked to dissect the components – mayo, garlic, lime and of course cilantro. Simple enough. I just had to work out the proportions.
I call this the Cuban French Fries.
- Fresh or frozen yucca can be used. I find it easier to use the frozen kind. Cut the frozen yucca into 2-inch pieces, microwave for 5 minutes to defrost and cook.
- Heat a pan with about 1/2 inch of oil. I use canola oil.
- Fry the yucca pieces until golden brown.
- 1/2 c mayonnaise
- 2 T lime juice. I like adding some zest of citrus to any dish I make calling for citrus.
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 c packed cilantro, leaves and stem
Process everything in a food processor. Alternatively, mince the garlic using a mortar, finely chopped the cilantro and mix everything.
I also use this sauce on fried plantain, as vegetable dip and dressing for meat sandwiches. I am sure it will be good with French fries too!