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Yuca Root Shoestrings

Tropical chips can be made from many tropical vegetables, from boniatos to green plantains. For starters, try this version made with yuca.


1 1/2 pounds yuca root
3 to 4 cups canola oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Yield: 6 servings


1. Peel the yuca root and cut into very thin strips, no more than 3/16" thick.
2. Place the strips in ice water for 1/2 hour.
3. Dry the strips on paper towels.
4. Pour the oil to a depth of 2 to 3 inches in a deep-fat fryer, wok, or deep heavy skillet and heat to 350 degrees.
5. Fry the shoestrings until golden brown, about 2 minutes, turning with a wire skimmer.
6. Remove shoestrings with the skimmer and drain the chips on paper towels.
7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve at once.

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