I've been making these potatoes as long as I can remember. Long before than I moved to the US. Home, I just called them potatoes. Here, my hubby explained to me, they were called 'steak fries'. Okie dokie. Regardless, they are one of the best potatoes ever, and I love potatoes. A good potato has to have three things for me.
3. and....more crispy.
Yes, I'm joking. But for me, crunchiness or crispiness, is the single most important part in a good potato. Unless we are talking about casseroles, mashed potatoes and such dishes.
So number one is still that crunch! Number two, it HAS to have enough grease, oiliness, however you want to put it. Yeah, I try to eat healthier and make plenty of average baked steak fries on a teaspoon of oil and such, but it is just not the same as a good greasy crunchy potato. So number two is fat. That sounds so awful, but hey, it is what it is. Try making a good duck confit without the fat. I dare you. Third one. SALT. There is nothing more sad than bland potato. I can live without the herbs even though they make it so much fun, but salt/season that potato please!
Those three, and I guarantee you a good potato meal. My favorite way to eat this is actually not with steak, even though they are called steak fries. I love to eat this with the most simple bowl of green lettuce with aceto balsamico vinaigrette. Heaven. And perfect for warmer days ahead of us. Even though as I am writing this, I'm waiting for the rain to start and for temperature to drop, we have a storm system coming in. So much for the warm weather and sun in the next few days... Maybe I should make these again just to make myself feel better. Yes. This is 'anytime feel better' meal, especially because it couldn't get any simpler so you can literally put it together in 5 minutes and then just throw it in the oven!
Steak Fries with Italian Herbs
6 medium Russets potatoes cut in wedges
about 3 T olive oil
Salt and Pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and leave the baking sheet you will use in the oven.
Put cut potatoes in a bowl and drizzle on the olive oil, make sure they are well coated. Put in salt, pepper and the herbs. Mix well with hands and put on preheated baking sheet making sure they are in a single layer. Bake for around 45 minutes, depending on your oven, until they are golden brown and really crispy. I like to take them out of the oven after 30 minutes and turn them so they get more of that awesome crunch on as many sides as possible. That is all. The best steak fries ever. My husband likes to eat them with fry sauce. (It's a local Utah thing)
1/3 cup of mayonnaise
1/4 cup of ketchup
pinch of salt
a little bit of lemon juice
Mix it all up and enjoy with fries, on burgers or in any type of sandwich.
I, on the other hand, prefer to eat it with garlic aioli.
2 to 3 gloves of garlic, minced (if you want less garlicky aioli, use only 2 garlic cloves)
1 cup of mayonnaise
pinch of salt
freshly ground white pepper (optional)
little lemon juice 1 t. olive oil
Put minced garlic on the cutting board and sprinkle salt over it. With the flat of the knife press the salt and garlic moving the knife back and forth in order to achieve a paste consistency. Whisk with all the other ingredients in a small bow and then let sit for a few minutes. Refrigerate if not using right away.