Happy National Fritters Day and National Build Joy Day - December 2

Two National Holidays can be celebrated simultaneously. Celebrate National Fritters Day by sharing with someone you love you and watch as you build Joy as you share fritters.  Hmmm.... fritters.  I don't make these often anymore but what better day then today to think about my favorite.  There are so many, corn, zucchini, apple, chickpea, rice, conch, crab, shrimp, ham, ricotta, squash blossom and more.  What is your favorite fritter? 

Our all time favorite fritters have a few important criteria one that it is just doughy enough and filled with an abundance of all the bits of what we love. Second it absolutely must have a delicious dipping sauce that highlights the type of fritter. 

I always get disappointed when a restaurant just gives a cocktail or marinara sauce no matter the fritter. Fritters deserve a good dipping sauce!

For this special day, I am going to make yuca fritters. We grow cassava so we always have an abundance.  Our favorite way to cook yuca is to bake it with garlic and bacon. So that will be the fritter we make today. 

There are many ways to make yuca fritters. A cinnamon spice one with a maple dipping sauce makes for a great desert or Sunday brunch item.  Add your favorite meat in the yucca...pork, beef, ham or chicken for savory appetizer or meal.  

Prepare the yuca dough: Makes approx 24 fritters


  • 1 ½ lbs fresh yuca or 1 bag frozen yuca
  • 2 tsp Jeddy's
  • 3 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 3-4 pieces of cooked bacon chopped into bits

Note: Save ½ cup water from boiling the yuca.

Peel the fresh yuca with a vegetable peeler and cut into 3 inch chunks or you can use frozen yuca which is already peeled and cut. In a large pot boil enough water to cover the yuca. Cook for about 20-40 minutes or fork tender depending on fresh or frozen. When the yuca is fork tender transfer to a large bowl. Save 1/2 cup of the water you cooked the water in. Split open the yuca pieces in half and remove the fibrous threads that run down the middle. Discard the threads. Begin mashing the yuca with a potato masher. Add garlic. Add salt, and butter, and about ¼ cup of the reserved water. Mix in the egg. Next add the flour and continue mixing until you have a smooth dough. Add bacon and garlic. Leave the dough in the bowl and cover with a dishtowel until ready to use. Take and roll into a 2" dough ball. They can be cooked in oil or in the air fryer.

Fry in 350°F oil until golden brown. We like to use Avocado Oil

Air Fryer Instructions: Brush each one with avocado oil on all sides and place in the air fryer basket. Set your air fryer to 350°F for 25 minutes and flip them half way through the cooking time. Air fry until golden brown on all sides.

Cilantro Sauce - Blend all ingredient until smooth and creamy

  • 2 cups cilantro (lightly packed)
  • 1 cup Sour cream
  • ½ cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Everythings Better With Garlic


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