Columbian Style Yuca, Petes Way!

This is another great recipe, I took me many years to perfect this recipe. I first had this dish at a local restaurant and the owner wouldn't disclose the recipe. Needless to say it took many trips to the aforementioned restaurant before I finally got a recipe that rivals the said establishment.

Difficulty (Scale from 1-10): 5

Servings: 4-6

This is a 3 step process to preparing this delicious dish.
Step 1: Cooking the yuca.
Step 2: Cooking the sauce.
Step 3: Combining the yuca & the sauce.


Step 1
2 pounds of yuca - cut into 3-4 inch sections, skinned, and then cut in half. (NOTE: When purchasing yuca it should be hard and without any visible areas of rot)
2 tablespoons of salt (To salt the water)

Step 2
4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
4 cloves of garlic - pressed
One large Vidalia onion - Chopped
1/4 teaspoon of crushed red pepper
2 teaspoons of salt
14.5 ounces of tomato sauce


Step 1
Prepare yuca by cutting it into 3-4 inch long peices, then with the cute end down use a knife to trim the skin off of the yuca, working your way all around. (Note: the cut yuca should be white and not showing any brown areas. Also, it should have little to no smell.) Once yuca is skinned cut the round section in half.
Next, place all of the yuca into a 3 quart pot. Cover the yuca with enough water such that the water level is 1 inch higher than the yuca, salt the water (2 tablespoons salt), bring to a boil then cover and let simmer for 30 minutes or until yuca is soft (a knife should be able to pierce yuca with some resistance).

Step 2
While the yuca cooks (step 1) prepare the sauce.
Add olive oil, crushed garlic, chopped onion, and crushed red pepper to a medium sized sauce pan, cook on medium-high until onions are translucent. Add salt and cook for one more minute, then add tomato sauce. Let the sauce simmer (lower temp) for 20 minutes then remove from heat.

Step 3
Remove 2 cups (16 ounces) of water from the 3 quart pot containing the yuca (from Step 1). Add the sauce mixture (from Step 2) to the pot (from Step 1) and simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Then serve!!

Enjoy your delicious meal!!!

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