One of my favorite bistro dinners, any time we are in France, is a steak frites. Served with spicy Dijon mustard and a pile of crispy fries this is comfort food at its best.
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STEP 1: Season your Steak
A few hours before grilling, season your steaks with salt, pepper and herbs de Provence.
Keep the steaks covered and refrigerated until ready to grill.
STEP #2: Prepare your Potatoes
You’ll want to use Russet potatoes for your fries. Peel them on all sides and cut in half.
To create the match stick fries you’ll need a mandolin. Set it to the julienne setting at 1/8 of an inch.
This will create beautiful match stick potatoes. Rinse them in cold water, until the water runs clean, to remove the starch.
STEP#3: Grill your Steak
Grill your steaks on each side for 5-7 minutes depending upon how you like them cooked.
You’re looking for an internal temperature of 145F for Medium Rare 160F for Medium.
Allow your steaks to rest for at least 15 minutes. While they are resting, top with the compound butter (recipe included below!)
STEP#4: Fry the Fries
Fry the match stick potatoes in vegetable oil until golden brown and crispy. Season with sea salt.
Place your steaks on a plate and pile high with the fries!
- (2) Ribeye Steaks
- salt and pepper to taste
- Herbs de Provence, to taste
- 2 Russet Potatoes, peeled and sliced in half lengthwise
- vegetable oil for frying
For Compound Butter:
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp shallot, minced
- 1 tsp fresh parsley, minced
- 1 tsp fresh chives, minced
- 1 tsp fresh tarragon, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
- Dijon mustard
Season both sides of steak with salt, pepper and herbs de Provence. Place on a plate and keep covered and refrigerated until ready to grill.
Then you can prepare the compound butter. In a small bowl add all the ingredients and mash together with a fork until combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
An hour before serving prep the fries.
Set a mandolin to the julienne setting and set the thickness to 1/8” thick.
Run 1 potato half through the mandolin to create the matchstick fries. Separate the pieces and place in a bowl of cold water. Repeat the process until all the fries are cut.
Then take the bowl to the sink and pour out water and refill the water until the water runs clear of any starch. Then drain water completely.
Transfer the fries to a baking sheet, lined with clean kitchen towels. Pat the fries dry with paper towel, and cover with clean paper towel and keep in fridge until ready to fry.
30 minutes before serving, lightly grease an outdoor grill or grill pan to medium heat.
Place steaks horizontally on grill at first. Then after a few minutes rotate the steaks vertically and continue to grill. This will create a nice cross hatch pattern.
Grill the steaks on each side 4-7 minutes each side for medium or 5-8 minutes for medium. Then flip and repeat the same process for the cross-hatch pattern.
Grilling times may need to be adjusted depending upon the thickness of your steaks. Thinner steaks will take less time, thicker steaks will take more time. The best way to really know when your steaks are done is with a meat thermometer 145F for medium rare and 160F for medium.
Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes. Meanwhile prepare the fries.
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven until it registers at 375F with a candy thermometer. Line a plate with paper towel to drain the fries after they come out of the oil. Best to have this all ready to go.
Fry the French fries in 2 batches, turning gently with a spider strainer to cook on all sides. Once golden-brown remove from oil and transfer to the plate lined with paper towel.
Season fries with salt. And serve with the steaks. Serve steaks with Dijon mustard.