Monday, March 30, 2009

Steak "Frites"

Steak "Frites"

Since I have been eating a little better lately, I thought it would be nice to give myself a little treat. Last week hottie grassfed beef guy was at the farmers market and he sold me on some flat iron steak. I have never cooked with flat iron, but hottie (I promise to get his real name one of these days) suggested that since it is a tender cut, all it really needed was a little salt and pepper and a quick cook. When it came time to think about what to serve the steak with, I quickly remembered these oven fries I saw on Joy the Baker. It was the perfect way to use some of my herbes de Provence that I recently purchased from Cube. This was a fantastically delicious Sunday lunch and with a little planning, it didn't take too long to prepare. I did the butter first so that it would have time to set up, then I made the fries and when there were about ten minutes left, I cooked the steak. I tried to up the "restaurant quality" of the picture by sprinkling my plate with parsley...whadya think? Anyway, I absolutely loved this. The herbed butter was so good over the steak and the fries had a nice mellow flavor. It's safe to say I will be making all of these things again. Maybe as a seduction dinner (salad boy!). Ha!

Herbes de Provence Oven Fries

Compound Butter

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature (can use salted butter) and cut into chunks
2 teaspoons fresh parsley, minced
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (if using salted butter, omit this)
1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

In a small bowl, mix together the butter, parsley, thyme, and salt. Mix well and add the lemon juice. Mix again and place back in the refrigerator for the butter to harden.

Oven Baked Fries
(Adapted from Joy the Baker)

1 medium sized Russet potato, peeled
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence
1/2 Kosher sea salt

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray before you add the potatoes.

Slice cleaned potatoes lengthwise into 1/3-inch thick slices, then slice those slices into smaller potato strips. Place on the baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss the potatoes in the oil to coat. Place in oven for 25- 35 minutes, removing the tray every 10 minutes to toss and stir the potatoes, then returning to the oven. Cook until browned.

Remove from the oven and immediately add salt and Herbes de Provence. Toss and serve.


1 flat iron steak fillet (6 ounces)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black better

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat. Season the steak liberally with salt and pepper. Cook the steak for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until the steak reaches your desired done-ness.

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The Duo Dishes said...

Compound butters make us smile.

Diana said...

My dad would definitely approve of your parsley garnish. He's huge on the extra "bams" to finish a plate - a sprinkle of chives, some parsley, a dill leaf. I always pretend to be annoyed, but secretly I think it's fun. :)

Erica said...

oh my gosh- those fries look amazing. So jealous of the fresh beef! I hope our farmers market carries this in the spring!!

vanillasugarblog said...

oven baked you say? hmmm, sounds good.
hottie beef guy--you crack me up. take a picture of him and let us see this hot beefcake. LOL

Pearl said...

oh that combination must be so yum!

Noodlegirl said...

Oh totally love it!

La Cuisine d'Helene said...

Wow, I know someone in my house that would enjoy your steak frites.

unconfidentialcook said...

This would be my husband"s favorite meal (is it a guy thing?)...the butter clinches the deal!!!

Heather said...

i love baked fries. i actually like them more than the regular fried ones. these look so delicious - especially the lovely golden color!

Reeni said...

That looks so good! Love the butter and the Frites with those herbs! YUMMMMMMM!!!!

Esi said...

Thanks guys!

Diana, I don't do it often, but I thought this dish needed some color.

Erica, hope your FM has some good vendors!

Dawn, I'm not sure I will be able to pull of a pic of him, but I will try ;)

The Food Librarian said...

This looks so delicious! And those fries? Not fried? Amazing!!!

RecipeGirl said...

You must get a pic of the HOTTIE. Explain that you have a blog, etc. I'm sure he'll understand :)

These look great!

Esi said...

Hee hee, Lori, I think beef guy is married, but salad boy isn't...hmmmm

Andrea said...

haha! Hottie grass fed beef guy! love it. Fries look great to ;-)

Alicia Foodycat said...

Gorgeous steak! And nice cheffy garnish.