Recipe: Steak Frites
Oh the culinary adventures that come with having a new kitchen. I did a few frying adventures while in New York, but not more then 2-3 times. Now that we have the space, I’ve been cooking almost every night and trying new things. One of the first items I’ve practiced on were Steak Frites. I’ve played around with the recipe and the cooking technique quite a bit, so you will need to do what works for you and your kitchen. As with most cooking adventures, I started out by hitting Google and I stumbled upon this page that really helped explain the entire process to me and once I had that bit of knowledge I consulted my Les Halles cookbook and with both of those sources, I put together my plan of attack.
The key to making great fries is to soak, blanch then fry. First I peeled the potatoes and cut the fries to about 1 inch. Soak the fries in ice water for at least 30 minutes then rinse under cold water.
Preheat the oil for the blanch to 280. Blanch the fries in small batches for about 6-7 mins or until they start to become a little translucent.
Remove the fries onto a sheet pan and let them rest at least 15 to 20 mins.
Turn the heat up to 375 and after the rest cook the fries for about 2-3 mins until they are nice and golden brown.
Dump them out into a bowl lined with a towel and sprinkle with seasoning. Remove the towel, sprinkle some chopped garlic and drizzle with a little garlic olive oil. Serve immediately. Heaven. (recipe mostly stolen from Les Halles Cookbook)
To top off my fries, I used “Slap Ya Mama” Original Blend Cajun Seasoning. Talk about the perfect topping for some well done fries. The seasoning itself is mildly spicy and with just enough cajun twang that it really makes the fries stand out.
“Slap Ya Mama” Original Blend Up Close
Ingredients: Salt, red pepper, black pepper and garlic. No MSG.
While not as spicy as some of the seasonings on my table, because of it’s fantastic blend, “Slap Ya Mama” original blend has a permanent spot on our table. If you try this recipe out, definitely try Slap Ya Mama out on the fries as well.
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