Happy Holidays

“Ms. B, I think you’re as excited as we are about Christmas break…”
As one of my students very astutely observed, teachers are just as excited, if not more excited, about breaks.  The three weeks between Thanksgiving break and Christmas break is an agonizing time, but I got through it and now I am eating bon bons in my new pajamas.
One of the obvious reasons I love the holidays is the copious amounts of delicious food.  The leftovers tend to linger around the fridge for a week, but I decided to save the leftover yuca to make some frituras de yuca, or yuca fritters.
Yuca is a root with a similar taste and texture to potato.  A traditional way to cook it is boiling it and making a mojo sauce (garlic, onion, and other seasoning) to go over it.  I used the leftover yuca from Christmas Eve (Nochebuena) Dinner to make fritters.
I didn’t need to use much seasoning since the yuca already had the mojo.  First I reheated it in the microwave to make it easier to smash.  After smashing it I added some chopped leftover Christmas ham, sea salt, black pepper, paprika, dried parsely, 1/4 tsp baking powder, and 2 beaten eggs.  I mixed and mashed it all together while I had about an inch of vegetable oil heating up in a deep saucepan for frying.
Once it was well mixed and the oil was hot, I shaped the batter into small little patties and fried them in the oil until they were golden on both sides.  I took them out of the oil with a slotted spoon and placed them on a plate lined with paper towels.  Finally, I sprinkled them with a little sea salt.  I really wish I would have had some lime juice to sprinkle on top but we didn’t have limes.
The result was a fluffy, crispy fritter.  I served them to my family and they really enjoyed them.  I had felt like making something because I had been leafing through my Christmas present How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman and felt inspired to cook.  I didn’t do much cooking for the Christmas dinner but I did make my flan.  I hadn’t made it in a couple years so I was a little worried but it turned out just fine. : )