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Serves : 4-6 first course servings

Michael Cordúa serves these flavor-packed turnovers with a creamy cilantro sauce.  Fast Hors d'Oeuvres

How to Make It

Step 1    

combine the mayonnaise, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeño and garlic in a blender. Add the water and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate.

Step 2    

In a large saucepan, cover the yuca with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well and let cool, then refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours.

Step 3    

In a medium bowl, mash the black beans to a fine paste. Mix in 1 cup of the cheese and the chorizo, onions and red pepper. transfer the mixture to a medium saucepan and cook over moderately high heat, stirring often, until thick and smooth, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.

Step 4    

In a food processor, combine the cold yuca with the remaining 1 cup of cheese and season with salt and the black pepper. Process until smooth. Divide the yuca dough into 12 equal pieces. Line a tortilla press with wax paper and flatten each piece of yuca dough into a 1/4-inch-thick round. Alternatively, on a lightly floured surface, roll each piece of yuca dough into a 4-inch round.

Step 5    

Place 1 1/2 tablespoons of the bean filling in the center of each round. Fold the dough to form half moons; pinch the edges to seal.

Step 6    

In a medium saucepan, heat 4 inches of peanut oil to 375°. Fry the turnovers in batches until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Serve hot, with the sauce on the side.

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