Recipe by Chef John
"You know a potato side dish is going to be good when 75% of the name refers to fat or meat. These super-crusty, oven-fried potato wedges, or ‘steak fries' as they call them where I'm from, are done with rendered duck fat, and while I'm a big fan of ones done with olive oil and/or butter, these really are better."
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russet potatoes, each cut into 8 thick steak fry-size wedges
chopped fresh thyme
salt and ground black pepper to taste
duck fat, melted, or more to taste
A co-worker made them- I couldn't stop eating them. Crisp, flavorful and delicious!
Another winner! Simple and so, so delicious. Thank you, Chef John!
So decadently delicious !
Amazing crisp out of the oven. Yuuuuummmm!!!
Absolutely ridiculous!! The thyme is an unexpected and stellar addition. The only change I made was to soak the cut potatoes in very hot tap water for 10 minutes, then I dried them with a smooth kitchen towel before tossing them with the spices and fat. This accomplishes a few things that improve the final product. First, it rinses off excess starch from the surface which prevents the leathery, mottled, overbrowned skin that often forms on oven fries. See the picture above. The skin will be thin and crispy, evenly golden if you do the soak. Secondly, it starts the cooking process, which seals the moisture inside the potatoes, so that while the outside crisps, the inside stays delightfully soft and fluffy. That's a winning combination, obviously. Thirdly, by sealing the outside, the amount of fat that soaks in (and which you ingest) is minimized. The fat adds a subtle, complex layer of flavor that just isn't there with fries cooked in vegetable fat. Yeah, yeah, I know. Cholesterol. Just so long as you don't make a habit of them, which is admittedly a temptation, the occasional indulgence won't be a big deal. Trust me. They'll be fighting over who gets the last couple.
These are a go to favorite with steak. I don't know where to even get duck fat so I use olive oil instead and the potatoes come out great every time.
These. Are. So. Good. Used dried thyme which worked out well. Next time I will be sure to use fresh though, yummy!!
Amazing, super easy and fast to cook. Crispy and crusty with soft inside part.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Duck Fat Steak Fries
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 59
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