Taste the World - Colombia - Bolitas de Yuca con Queso

*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. 

 

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Yuca Balls Stuffed with Cheese (Bolitas de Yuca con Queso)

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 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

METHOD: 

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.

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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. 

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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.

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5. Serve with fresh guacamole if desired.  

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