Yuquitas Fritas (Yuca Fries)
Yuquitas are the quintessential Peruvian snack. Similar to French Fries, but made with the South American Yuca, this dish will get your Peruvian dinner party off to a rockin start.
- 2 yuca roots (about 2 pounds)
- 1 clove garlic, smashed and peeled
- 10 ounces queso fresco, broken into chunks
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 2 tablespoons Aji Amarillo paste
- 3 saltine crackers
- Vegetable oil, for frying
- Kosher salt
- Peel the tough outer peel of the yucca.
- Cut into 1/2 inch thick ( sticks and add to a large saucepan of cold salted water.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes, until just tender.
- While the yuca cooks, prepare the Salsa A La Huancaína: using an immersion blender or food processer, blend together the garlic, queso fresco, evaporated milk, aji Amarillo paste and saltine crackers, until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and reserve until ready to use.
- Drain well in a colander then pat dry with paper towels.
- Fill a heavy saucepan outfitted with a deep fry thermometer halfway with vegetable oil and heat to 375 degrees.
- Once hot, add the yuca in batches to the oil, and fry for 3 minutes, until golden and brown.
- Drain on a paper towel lined platter and sprinkle with salt while still wet from the oil.
- Serve alongside Salsa a la Huancaína.