Yuca Fritters/Carimanolas

by: Ms. G (3rd Grade Aide) Growing up in Panama, I really enjoyed them for breakfast. They can also be eaten as a snack or appetizers. Carimanolas or Yuca Fritters is a very traditional food of Panama and neighboring country Colombia.   Source: Cocina Panameña cook book/Panamanian Cooking Ingredients 3 pounds yucca root, peeled and cubed3 1/4 teaspoons salt2 tablespoons unsalted butter5 large eggs1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 tablespoon olive oil1/2 cup yellow onions, finely chopped2 large jalapeno peppers, finely chopped2 teaspoons garlic, minced1 teaspoon ground cumin1/2 teaspoon dried thyme1/4 teaspoon chili powder8 ounces ground beef4 teaspoons tomato paste2 teaspoons vinegar1 teaspoon sugar1/4 teaspoon ground black pepperVegetable oil, for deep frying6 teaspoons Essence, plus more for dusting1 cup fine dry bread crumbs Recipe Steps In a large saucepan combine the yucca and 1 teaspoon of the salt, and enough water READ MORE