Jan 21, 2017

OVEN Steak Fries - Restaurant Style


Once in while, I enjoy making oven steak fries. They are potatoes cut into wedges, topped with a blend of herbs and olive oil, then baked in the oven until they are crispy golden brown. They are usually served with a steak, but my family loves eating them alone with some of their favorite dipping sauces. This is also a great idea for an appetizer on game-nights!

Serve them with dipping sauces like ranch, honey-mustard and ketchup. So yummy!


Every time I make these tasty oven steak fries, everyone asks for the recipe. So here it is!

This is an effortless recipe, taking only 5 minutes to prepare. No peeling is required here, only a good rinse or even a scrub with each potato before slicing it into wedges and leaving the skins on. Then sprinkle with a mixture of Herbs de Provence, garlic powder, olive oil, and bake!


If you need to guess how many potatoes you will need for a game-night or for dinner,
I like to estimate one large potato per person, or 2 medium-size potatoes per person. If you're not totally sure, add an extra potato or two. It's best to be safe and have a little extra, (trust me) they will disappear!

Don't worry if you have left-overs. We love adding them to our morning scrambled eggs to make potato omelets for breakfast. YUM!

Steak Fries originally came about when restaurants made them into a thicker cut of potato fries and served them on the side of steak dishes. They were so good next to a steak, they became popularly known as "steak fries."


Try these oven steak fries. Your family and friends will love them too! They are a healthier version and fun-to-eat, no matter how you choose to serve them!

Here's a TASTY Tip!:  Try an additional flavor for these Oven Steak Fries! Just before you serve them sprinkle with some grated Parmesan cheese on top and lightly drizzle with Truffle Oil. You'll have "Parmesan-Truffle Oil Steak Fries!!"

ENJOY!!



Oven Steak Fries - Restaurant Style
  • 5 to 6 baking potatoes, rinsed, paper towel dry
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. Herbs de Provence seasonings
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil - divided
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Drizzle olive oil, about 1 tablespoon on the bottom of a large roasting pan and set aside.
On a cutting board, slice potatoes lengthwise in halves, then take each half and slice it into thirds, lengthwise.  Scatter potato wedges in a single layer in the prepared roasting pan.

Sprinkle on top with salt, Herbs de Provence seasonings and garlic powder.
Drizzle over them with the remaining olive oil on top.  Add fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven, and use kitchen tongs to flip over each slice one time.
Continue to bake for another 15 -18 minutes.  Remove and set aside for a 2 minutes before serving.


Serve them warm, with your favorite dipping sauces or serve them as a side with your favorite steak or rib-eye roast.

Yields: about 3 dozen 

Jan 19, 2017

Farfalle with Chicken, Capers, Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach



Farfalle pasta gets tossed with chicken strips, capers, sundried tomatoes, fresh spinach and arugula in a delicate velvety sauce made with white wine, butter, chicken broth and light cream. This is a fabulous pasta dish with 5 healthy ingredients which turns it into a full, one plate meal!! A dish SO good, everyone will ask for seconds.

Jan 17, 2017

Perfect Veal Cutlet Milanese


Perfect Veal Cutlet Milanese is an Italian recipe handed down from our Mom. These are veal cutlets that are gently coated with eggs and semolina bread crumbs, then lightly fried to a crispy crust. Your whole family will love them!  And, they are a nice change from making the usual chicken cutlets.

Jan 15, 2017

Potato Skin Bites

Hello Friends! Here is another game-time appetizer for you to try!

These are little baked potato skins that are filled with our favorite taco fillings and served as little "Nachos" but without the tortilla chips! Small-sized potatoes are easily baked in half the time, and filled with a meat mixture that takes only minutes to prepare on stove-top. Then, they're topped with fresh diced tomatoes, green onions and shredded cheddar cheese, and baked again only until the cheese melts- and presto! You have created a great appetizer! They are SO good, they're addicting!

Jan 13, 2017

Potato, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup



Potato, broccoli and cheddar soup is creamy, luscious and oh so yummy!  It's loaded with potatoes, celery, onions, chicken broth, fresh chopped broccoli and sharp cheddar cheese. This is one hearty soup to make on the weekends, and it's perfect to serve family and friends when watching the games.

Jan 10, 2017

EASY Mexican Spicy Bean Dip



A tasty, Mexican spicy bean dip is a 3 layer dip made with 6 ingredients. It is the perfect dip to serve at your next game night! This Mexican spicy bean dip is my take on a cold party dip I had to improvise last night for the college football Championship game.

Jan 9, 2017

Spinach and Parmesan Quiche



A tasty, Spinach and Parmesan Quiche is loaded with fresh spinach, onions, eggs, Parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella and half and half; then baked into a frozen pie crust until golden brown. So Yummy! A spinach quiche like this one will make a wonderful addition to your breakfast or brunch table.

Jan 6, 2017

January 6th, The Story of the Epiphany and La Befana


Our family always celebrated the holidays in a big way, especially Christmas!  There is something wonderful and magical about maintaining traditions.  In our family, the Christmas season begins on Christmas Eve and ends on January 6th!  The Feast of the Epiphany is when Christians around the world celebrate the symbolic day.  The day the Three Kings visited baby Jesus in the manger.