In my opinion, the potato was a gift from up above. Though it wasn’t exactly the greatest looking or smelling fellow from the get-go, once our predecessors figured out what to do with it, man did it take over. Aside from being one of America’s most popular crops, potatoes are versatile as heck. The ultimate side dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner, spuds seem to have most people salivating just thinking about them.
One of my all-time favorite potato preparations highlights the star ingredient beautifully, and is, perhaps, one of the simplest recipes you will ever make. My Oven-Roasted Steak Fries have a short ingredient list and a load of flavor. The cooking medium performs two important functions in this recipe. Besides allowing us to indulge healthily, the oven lends a beautiful roasted note. Keeping the skins on these fries also functions to retain many of the potato’s nutrients. Oh, and these guys are the perfect “soaker uppers” of any flavor profile you want to impart on them. Whenever I make this recipe, I slather them with whatever spices or flavorings I’m in the mood for, (or whatever I have on hand) whether it's barbeque sauce, garlic-dill butter, pesto, or chipotle rub.
*If you want to flavor your potatoes with spices or sauces (i.e.: chili powder, cumin, pesto, barbeque, chipotle, mustard, etc.) add these to the mix before roasting.
*If you want to add a flavored butter to your potatoes (i.e.: garlic butter, herb butter, truffle butter, etc.) toss into the potatoes as soon as they come out of the oven.