Steak & Fries with Green Sauce | Steak Frites Recipe

Steak Frites | This steak & fries recipe takes the simplest of dishes and throws in a beautiful, zingy green sauce and some onion rings for good measure.

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Steak and fries with green sauce | Steak frites

Introduction

I have to confess to possessing an undeniable love of man food. Amongst the greatest accomplishments of my life are losing 140lbs, taking over as general manager of one of the most prestigious restaurants in my area, and devouring a 40oz tomahawk steak with all of the assorted sides.

And it was beautiful. Truly.

When it really comes down to it, there’s simply nothing more satisfying than biting into a really weighty piece of meat and tearing it apart with your teeth. It seems to satisfy a very specific, very primal urge within us that nothing else quite compares to.

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I describe that as man food. But the jury is still out on whether or not that’s really the case.

I can’t say for certain whether or not it really is something that holds more appeal to men. It might be that very real societal pressures simply deny women such urges. Or that as the distinctly larger animal, we men are simply more in touch with our desire to devour.

Nevertheless, such food has that distinctive man food status. And in many ways rightly so. After all, which of us can really say we don’t either enjoy such acts of primitive indulgence or at least know a fellow man who does?

Steak and fries with green sauce | Steak frites

About the dish

This dish, in fact, does distinctly not involve, or at least require, a 40oz Tomahawk steak. While you could go all out in such a way I myself have settled on a far more restrained piece of rump and am more than happy with the selection.

Rump possesses the wonderful trait of being both flavoursome and suitably tender for quick cooking. And just like a ribeye, it has that rugged, masculine reputation. Largely because it comes in at a slightly cheaper price than most of the fast-cooking cuts of beef and is therefore easier to buy in larger quantities. As such, you get bigger steaks.

And with that steak come the fries. Steak and fries – steak frites, as it’s known at home in France, is exactly what it says on the tin. It is a big, beautiful, perfectly cooked piece of beef with a generous portion of delightful, crispy, crunchy French fries. Perfect.

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And when something is perfect, it is often best not to make too many adjustments. As such, this incarnation of the dish is still very much going to be steak and fries.

The first difference is going to be the addition of a few onion rings, a delicious, and, I’m sure you’ll agree, very appropriate pairing. And the second, we’re going to serve this particular steak and fries with a delicious green sauce. A simple, fresh, zingy sauce to help bring the meal to life.

After all, unless I’m very much mistaken, there is no great rule against the inclusion of a sauce as part of steak frites. Only the incumbent demand that it be a solid and appropriate choice.

Steak and fries with green sauce | Steak frites

A quick guide – Steak & Fries with Green Sauce

First thing’s first, we’ll take the steaks from the fridge and bring them to room temperature. It’s an often ignored, but important part of the process when it comes to cooking steak and it ensures the steak cooks through evenly.

Next up, we’ll dice up the potatoes into chips. No need to peel them, unless you particularly want to. I quite like a rustic touch when it comes to dishes like this.

Keep them in a bowl of cold water until we’re ready to cook.

Next up, we’ll make the sauce. It’s really quick and simple. We’ll take the leaves from whichever herb takes our fancy that day and add oil, seasoning and either citrus or vinegar.

You could add ginger or garlic as well, but don’t go too crazy. The sauce should be nice and light and too much ginger and garlic give it more body than it requires. You’re almost looking for more of a dressing.

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Next up, we’ll make a simple beer batter with self-raising flour, cornflour and beer. Then we’ll slice up our onions into rings, dredge them through the flour and drop them into the batter.

We’ll season our steak and fry it for about 4 minutes a side in a very hot pan, then rest it for a few minutes.

While we’re cooking and resting the steak, we’ll fry the chips and onion rings at 180c in a deep fat fryer for just a few minutes each, until they all become crispy and crunchy and wonderful.

Once the steak is rested, we’ll slice it up into beautiful pieces, dress it with the sauce, adorn it with a crown of onion rings and serve it alongside the fries.

A few final things to remember

  • If you don’t have self-raising flour, regular flour will be just fine, as long as you add a little baking powder. You could even make it without. The beer will keep it crispy and light, but perhaps a little less so than with the baking powder as well.
  • Cooking the beef for four minutes a side should bring it to medium rare. But you can cook beef however you like. If you like a well done steak, far be it from me to tell you that’s not ok. It is ok. And if you like your steak blue, then carry on, you crazy carnivore.
  • Equally open to freedom of choice is the cut of beef you start with. I’ve used rump because it’s what we had available. If you have rib or sirloin or anything else, by all means go ahead.
  • At its most basic, this steak frites recipe really is just steak and fries. If you don’t want to include the sauce or the onion rings, you really don’t have to. At the same time, tradition is far from the be all end all in food, so if you want to scrap the fries, add more onion rings and a radish puree, you go crazy. Which you might already clinically be.
  • In this instance, I made the sauce using tarragon. Normally, I’d go for parsley, coriander or even thyme. As always, use what you have and use what you like.

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Steak and fries with green sauce | Steak frites

Steak & Fries with Green Sauce | Steak Frites Recipe

Steak Frites | This steak & fries recipe takes the simplest of dishes and throws in a beautiful, zingy green sauce and some onion rings for good measure.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Dinner, main, Main Course
Cuisine English, French
Servings 2 People

Ingredients
  

  • 2 200-250g Rump Steak
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • Butter
  • 2 lrg Potatoes Russet, Maris Piper or King Edward
  • 1 lrg Onion
  • 2 handfuls Fresh Herbs soft leafed herbs like parsley, coriander or tarragon
  • Lemon Juice or vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Cornflour
  • 1/2 Cup Self-Raising Flour
  • 1 can or btl Lager
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oil

Instructions
 

  • Bring the steaks to room temperature. While you do so, cut the potatoes into chips and place them in a bowl of cold water.
  • Blend your fresh herbs with a good glug or two of oil, a big splash of lemon juice and just enough salt to bring out the flavours. You want enough of everything to make a thick dressing rather than a thin sauce. You could even add a splash of mustard to create a vinaigrette.
  • Separate half the cornflour and combine the rest with the flour and some salt. Add a splash of beer and stir, adding more beer if necessary until you have a nice, thick batter.
  • Peel the onion and split the rounds into rings. Take a few of the bigger ones and dredge them in the cornflour, then in the batter and finally drop them into the fryer and cook for a minute or two until crisp.
  • Season the steaks with salt and pepper and fry them for 4 minutes a side in a very hot pan, then rest them for another four minutes.
  • While they rest, drop the fries into the fryer and fry them until nice and crisp, then season with salt and serve.
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