The presents have been opened, the paper cleaned up. I know that things have been crazy in our house the past 72 hours, just as I am sure they have been in many of yours, too. After weeks of baking, wrapping, cleaning & prepping for the “big” meals, it is time for simple, yet comforting foods. I am tired of picking up food on the way home, especially after the incident I had the other day.
That means it is time to dig deep, muster up the energy & get back into the kitchen. Baked steak fries happen to be a favorite in our house. They are super-simple to prepare & could easily be my whole meal; if only they contained more protein. Wait, isn’t that what chili and cheese are for? I’ll come back to that.
One of my favorite ways to make baked steak fries is with 4 simple ingredients, well 5, if you count the potato.
- Potato (large Idaho baking work best)
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Parmesan cheese
- Sea salt
Preheat the oven to 375 – 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil & spray with Pam. Slice large potato into eighths or desired shapes. Just make sure to cut them uniformly so they bake evenly. Place potato slices in a large bowl & pour a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, 1-2 TBSP parmesan, pinch of sea salt & pepper over the potato. Gently toss to coat. A Ziplock bag may work nicely if you want to toss “Shake & Bake” style.
Place potato slices on the pan in a single layer. Bake for 10-15 minutes and then flip. Bake for another 10-15 minutes. The potatoes should have a nice, light brown crisp to them when they are done.
I will never tire of this treat. Even plain, like described above, they comfort & satisfy. Feel like jazzing them up? Consider adding chili & cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing, etc. If you really want to do them up right, load them up with bacon, cheese, sour cream & scallions. Best thing about this treat is that I always have potatoes in the house, so it is only a few minutes of work away. The oven does all of the hard work.