February 2, 2009

steak fries

Something about it being "Super Bowl Sunday" makes me want to eat finger food and drink beer, even though we don't have a TV. These steak fries are easy to make and don't take long to prepare. These are great for bringing to parties too, they'll be gone in the blink of an eye. They do take 45-60 min in the oven though, so keep that in mind. Credit goes to my mom for this one--I learned by watching her.

3 large potatoes (russet are best, but any will work)
canola oil
spices and seasonings of your choice (salt, garlic powder, chili powder, paprika, cumin, etc.)

Preheat oven to 350F (if using a toaster oven, you probably don't need to preheat). Wash the potatoes and cut them into long wedges, as shown in the photo. Put them in a large bowl and pour some oil over them. You can put spices on them now, or wait until they are arranged on the cookie sheet. For extra garlicky potatoes, mince garlic cloves into the oil. Toss them with your hands until they are all coated with oil. Arrange the wedges, peel side down, on a cookie sheet. Laying them on their backs like this means you won't have to flip them later. Bake in the oven or toaster oven until soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, usually 45 minutes to an hour.

These are great with miso mayo or bbq sauce.

Side Note:
One might say that the spices are the key to this recipe. The past few times I've made these steak fries, I've used "all-seasons salt". Now, I'm usually not a fan of spice mixes, but this jar was on sale and now it has taken us 2 years to use half of it. I'll have to keep making steak fries to use it all up, but that's okay because it actually makes really good flavoring for the fries. For your reference, these are the ingredients:

salt, paprika, yellow mustard, dehydrated garlic, hickory smoke (torula yeast and hickory smoke), oregano, dehydrated darlic, and celery seed.

Hmm, dehydrated garlic is listed twice! Maybe that's why it is so good. Actually, it is probably the torula yeast, which seems to be similar to nutritional yeast.

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