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Fabulous Asiago Pepper Steak Fries

Growing up, we ate a lot of baked potatoes.

A lot.

I would load mine up with butter and salt, at first. But that got boring. Then I turned to mixing in salsa and occasionally adding cheese. That’s tasty, but I like it to be a tasty treat — not an all the time thing.

These days, I just slice baked potatoes and salt them. Unless I am making a meal out of them, which happens most often in the fall when the leaves are turning and air begins to take on that familiar chill, a preview of the long months of winter that will come. When I am making a meal of them, I like to add broccoli, bacon and cheese. Good combination.

In the spring and summer though, we eat a lot of potatoes — in fry form. Sometimes I grill them, other times I make delicious sweet potato fries (or my fave: Parmesan Rosemary Sweet Potato Fries) … and of course there are oven fries. Mmm. Fries are the perfect accompaniment for barbecued foods like burgers, hot dogs, chicken … you name it.

These steak fries are fabulous with chicken like the Salt and Pepper Chicken Breasts recipe I wrote about last week. The chicken is delicious served plain with these fries and a side of a colorful veggie. It’s even better if you put the chicken on a roll with some barbecue, cheddar and bacon. Mmmm.

Asiago Pepper Steak Fries

Asiago Pepper Steak Fries

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium Yukon gold potatoes, , scrubbed clean (2 1/2-3 inches in diameter at the fattest part)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • sea salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut the potatoes into 8 wedges each. Combine the potatoes, oil, asiago and pepper in a resealable bag and shake well to coat.
  3. Spread the wedges in a single layer on a jelly roll pan that is either topped with nonstick aluminum foil or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Lightly sprinkle with salt.
  4. Slide the tray into the oven and cook for 15 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 450 and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, flipping every five minutes. The steak fries are ready when they are golden brown on the outside.
  5. Remove from oven and sprinkle with salt again. Serve immediately.
  6. Devour.
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Todra

Friday 1st of May 2009

These look delish.

Cate O'Malley

Tuesday 28th of April 2009

Love crispy oven baked fries - these sound delish!

Liz

Monday 27th of April 2009

These sound delicious! I make oven fries and roasted potatoes a lot in the summer as well so I'm looking forward to trying out this new spin on an old favorite.

Sarah Caron

Monday 27th of April 2009

Maris, definitely! I love them both too ... but it's nice to have variety.

Ralph, thanks for popping in! The other thing I love about asiago is that it's a little more melty than other hard cheeses. Mmm.

Ralph

Sunday 26th of April 2009

Potatoes can be boring unless enhanced. The Asiago cheese has a wonderful sharp flavor. and thus, a great addition to the spuds...