Prep Yucca for Dinner Tonight

Orange Chicken Drumsticks with Mashed YuccaThis week, one of our recipes, Orange-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks with Mashed Yucca & Arugula Salad makes use of yucca. Also known as cassava, it’s a long, brown tuber that’s a staple in Latin-American cuisines. Most people liken it to a potato, but it’s really anything but. When mashed, yucca is fluffier than potatoes and has a light, delicate sweetness. Since we’ve established that yucca is not a potato, let’s not assume that you should prep it like a potato.

Instead, here’s how you prep a yucca for cooking.

Take your long brown tuber and set it on a cutting board.
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Cut the yucca into 2-inch pieces
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Using your knife, cut off the brown peel. (Don’t use the peeler–the skin is just too strong for that.)
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Cut each piece into quarters.
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Cut out and discard the starchy center.

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Prep as you wish, or follow our recipe for mashed yucca here.

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