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Yaroa

Yaroa is a Dominican street food, often enjoyed after a night out on the town! It’s made with layers of french fries, beef, cheese, and condiments. Very similar to chili cheese fries, it’s not hard to see why this dish is so popular!
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Course: Appetizer, street food
Cuisine: Dominican, Dominican Republic
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

Beef Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 tsp Garlic
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 cup Tomato sauce
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • Pepper to taste

Assembly Ingredients

  • 1 lb french fries, store bought, or you can use this recipe
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar
  • 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella
  • Ketchup, for topping
  • Mayonnaise, for topping

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and saute until soft and translucent. Then add the garlic and stir for another minute or two.
  • Add the beef and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon or spatula as you go. Once the beef is cooked, add the tomato sauce and stir until heated. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Lay some fries on a plate, then spoon the beef mixture over the fries.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheddar and shredded mozzarella over the fries, then squeeze the mayonnaise and ketchup over the plate to your preference.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe copyright The Foreign Fork. For educational and personal use only. 
  1. Ground Beef: You can use ground beef for this recipe or any other kind of ground meat that you have on hand. Pork is also popular as well as chicken. I sometimes make this with elk or venison depending on what I have on hand and if I’m willing to go to the grocery store 
  2. Idaho Potatoes: You can also use russet potatoes. Make sure to use a potato that has a high amount of starch as they will fry up the crispiest. In some cases, the potatoes are replaced by mashed plantains (also called mangú).
  3. Cheese: I chose to use a combination of cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. Other recipes for Yaroa sometimes call for different kinds of cheese as well. I’ve seen fancy ones like gouda or even Danish cheese. Cheddar and mozzarella seem to be the most common cheeses, but if you use something else, let me know in the comments below!
  4. If you are worried about keeping this meal healthier, you can also replace the french fries with mashed plantains. Follow the instructions for Mangú in order to make the mashed plantains. 
  5. I topped my Yaroa Dominicana with ketchup and mayonnaise, but you can choose whatever dressing you want. I’ve seen this recipe on some Dominican menus with Russian Dressing. You can also choose to add Andalouse sauce if you so desire. 
  6. Make sure that you use a cooking thermometer when making your French Fries. It makes all the difference, I promise!!
  7. In some versions of Yaroa, the cheese is melted on top. You can also make sure to melt your cheese as opposed to having it shredded on top if you so prefer.
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