Inhames Fritos, or fried taro root, are a uniquely traditional Azorean specialty. Taro roots are a very hearty and nutritious root that have a wonderfully smooth texture and unique taste. Taro roots are best grown in especially wet soil which is why that have been historically the perfect complement for the Azorean climate. Taro roots are quite similar to yams and because of this they are known as the “Inhames dos Acores”.
Taro Roots are used in a variety of Azorean dishes from appetizer, entree, to even desserts. Sliced thinly and deep fried, these make for an unbelievably delicious and crispy snack. Those that are grown in the creeks fed by the hot Azorean mineral springs are probably the best you can get in terms of flavor.
1 pound taro root (If you can’t find some locally, you can also easily buy some here on Amazon)
oil for frying
salt and pepper to taste
1) Place the taro roots in a saucepan with enough water to cover the roots. Add a pinch of salt.
2) Let it cook on medium heat for about an hour and a half until they are tender.
4) Once done, remove the skin and slice the roots in a circular shape about a half an inch thick.
5) Immediately fry the slices in a pan with oil on medium to high heat until they are golden brown.
6) Place on a platter with paper towels to dry and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve while hot.