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Yuca Balls Stuffed with Cheese

Yuca or cassava is an extremely versatile ingredient and can be cooked in so many different ways. You can fry it, boil it, bake it, mash it, steam it, and even grill it. It can be used to make empanada dough, dumplings, patties, soups, desserts, and more. You can even use yuca flour as a replacement for regular flour!

I’ve got a great recipe that combines some of my favorite ingredients, yuca and cheese, into one perfect bite. These cheesy little mouthfuls are a fabulous party snack or side dish. To make these balls, the yuca is cooked over medium heat until very tender, then mashed into dough, stuffed with cheese, formed into round balls, and then fried again until crispy. 

And the best part? You can make them ahead of time and freeze. Just fry them over when guests show up (or you get a craving that won't quit!). I make the balls ahead of time, during those afternoons when I have a few extra minutes, then fry them straight from the freezer. Whenever you need them, you can whip them up for a quick and delicious appetizer.

Yuca Balls Stuffed with Cheese

  • 1 pound frozen or fresh yuca, peeled
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • guacamole for serving

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