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Yuca Pie

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"This is a take on alcapurrias or empanadas de yuca, yuca and meat fritters. This is a little easier than making and cooking individually stuffed yuca patties, but just as tasty. I included a recipe for sofrito, but you could use store bought if you're in a hurry. This sofirto will keep in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks or freeze for longer."
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1 h 40 m servings 313
Original recipe yields 8 servings (1 9-inch pie)


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  1. Place aji dulces peppers, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, onion, olives, cilantro, Cubanelle pepper, 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, capers, 1 tablespoon black pepper, and oregano in a blender. Puree until smooth. Refrigerate sofrito until ready to use.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook 2 tablespoons sofrito until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomato sauce and 1/2 the sazon; cook and stir until incorporated, about 3 minutes. Add beef, Cook and stir the picadillo (meat mixture) until flavors combine, about 25 minutes.
  3. Rinse the grated yuca in a colander; press yuca to squeeze out most of the moisture. Place in a bowl; add the remaining sazon, egg, and chicken broth. Mix well. Season the masa (dough) with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch baking pan.
  5. Spoon 1/2 of the yuca masa into the prepared pan in an even layer. Top with the picadillo; spread to 1/4 inch from the edges. Spread the remaining masa smoothly on top. Cover with aluminum foil.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • You can use ground pork instead of beef.
  • The Cubanelle pepper can be replaced with another green bell pepper.
  • Use more red bell peppers in place of aji dulces if desired.
  • Instead of cilantro, you can use 5 to 10 recao leaves.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of sofrito. The actual amount of sofrito consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 313 calories; 11.8 43 12.1 41 1777 Full nutrition

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I used veggie crumbles and instead of beef and it came out well and very tasty.