Steak Frites (the frites are polenta, shhhh)Macki West
I bet you thought this post was going to be about steak and french fries. The ‘frites’ in the photo certainly look like fries, but they’re actually better! These, my friends, are baked polenta fries and they go perfectly with steak and this photo is making me drool so I thought I would throw in my husband’s fabulous steak recipe. Get the recipe for steak polenta frites after the jump…
Usually I make polenta from scratch and turn it into something soft and scrumptious, but recipes for polenta fries from scratch are just too time consuming for a busy weeknight meal, or any meal for that matter! So I buy the already prepared polenta in a tube, then I let my kids cut it up into fry size pieces. Much quicker and easier this way! As for the steak, the first and most important rule is you must buy a good cut of meat. We share a big steak once or twice a month so it is worth going to Whole Food and buying one of their Step 4 steaks, which are free range and grass fed.
Steak Frites Recipe
Baked Polenta Fries
1 tube prepared polenta cut into fries
Sea Salt and fresh ground pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread the sliced polenta onto pan, spray with cooking oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove and sprinkle with fresh grated Parmesan cheese. Serve alone or with marinara sauce.
The Hub’s Awesome Steak Recipe
2 8 oz. steaks, 1 and 1/4″ grass fed New York Strip (add a minute of cooking time for every additional 1/4″)
1 onion sliced in big chunks
Sea Salt and fresh ground Pepper
Cast iron skillet
Remove the steaks 30 minutes prior to cooking to bring to room temperature, generously season with salt and pepper on both sides. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and put the cast iron skillet in the oven so it preheats as well. Once the oven hits 425 turn a burner on high flame and use a pot holder to remove the skillet from the oven and place on the burner. Pour in 1 tablespoon canola oil. Turn the fan on, open a window and get ready to stand back cuz it’s about to sizzle. Place the steaks in the pan and sear 1 minute per side. Add the onions to the pan during this searing stage. After both sides are seared return the pan with the steaks into the oven and cook for approximately 8 minutes for medium rare. Add a minute for medium, two minutes for medium well, and so on. After 8 minutes, use a potholder to remove the skillet from the oven, remove the steaks and place on a cutting board to rest for 5 minutes. Leave the onions in the pan to cook. After 5 minutes remove the onions and serve the steak. Two 8 oz. steaks feeds our family of 2 adults and 2 kids with leftovers.
Want to stick with the spud? Try this quick and Healthy French Fries recipe!