*Official name: Republic of Colombia *Motto: "Freedom and Order" *Capital: Bogota *Official Languages: Spanish *Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic *Area: 440,831 sq mi*Population: (2015 estimate) 48,400,388 *Currency: Peso (COP) *Time Zone: COT *Drives on the: right *International code: CO (data from Wikipedia)
For Colombia, I made Bolitas de Yuca con Queso (Yuca balls stuffed with cheese). A simple and delicious little fried snack. It's great with some fresh guacamole.
Yuca Balls Stuffed with Cheese (Bolitas de Yuca con Queso)
- 1 pound frozen or fresh yuca, peeled (taro root or other starchy root will work as well. You may need to adjust cook times)
- 1 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup breadcrumbs
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
- vegetable oil, for frying
- guacamole, serving suggestion
1. Cook the yuca in a large pot with salted water over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until fork tender. Drain the yuca and remove any fibers from the center. Transfer to a large bowl and mash. Add salt and pepper to taste.
2. Place the eggs in a bowl. Place the breadcrumbs in another bowl. Form 12 balls with the mash. Flatten them with your hands and place 1 piece of cheese in the center and form the ball again to cover the cheese.
3. Dip the balls into the beaten egg covering all sides, and then cover them with breadcrumbs. They will be sticky and delicate so be careful.
4. Fill a large skillet with oil and heat over medium-high heat to 350F. Place the balls into heated oil and fry for 4 minutes or until brown on all sides, turning over once about halfway through. Remove from the oil and place on a plate lined with paper towels.
5. Serve with fresh guacamole if desired.