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James Tse for The Globe and Mail

Also known as cassava, yuca is a starchy root vegetable native to Brazil. Like a potato, it's tastiest when fried. (But what isn't?) These days, yuca can be found at many supermarkets and at Latin American grocery stores. Boiling the yuca before frying removes some of the starch, which prevents it from burning.

Servings: Serves 4 to 6.

Ready time: 30 minutes

Yuca fries

1.5 kg (3.3 lb) firm yuca

Peanut or canola oil for frying

Sea salt to taste

Garlic-lime mayo

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 clove garlic, minced

Zest and juice of 1 lime

Method

Peel the yuca and cut it in half crossways. Chop into ½-inch thick strips.

Bring a pot of water to a boil over medium-high. Add yuca, reduce heat to medium and boil for 15 minutes. (This step can be done a day ahead of time – just cover the blanched yuca with plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge.)

Meanwhile, fill a large pot halfway with peanut or canola oil and heat over medium-high heat until 365 F.

(It’s hot enough when you add a small cube of bread and it browns within 60 seconds.) Working in batches, fry yuca until golden and crispy on the outside (about 3 to 4 minutes). Transfer the fries to a paper-towel-lined tray and sprinkle with sea salt.

To make the garlic-lime mayo, mix together mayonnaise, garlic, lime zest and lime juice.

Serve with the garlic-lime mayo.

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