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Perfect Steak Fries at Home (with spicy dipping sauce)

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It is no exaggeration to say that I have worked on this recipe for steak fries for no less than five years. I love a good steak fry, but I want it to be baked and not fried, but I also don’t want to sacrifice that crumbly middle and outside crisp that comes when they are fried. After playing around with the recipe, baking time, baking temperature, and execution, I have the steak fry that I’ve been looking for.

Potatoes are a great way to feed a family on a dime, and for this reason they are a staple in our diet. However, in order to avoid the kids complaining about the same ol’ thing, I am forever having to come up with new and exciting ways to prepare them.

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We have had all kinds of baked fries, yet these seem to be the winner since there are NEVER any leftovers!

steak fries

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6-8 baking potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • cooking spray

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Cut potatoes into uniform wedges. Since potatoes vary in size, the number of wedges you get from each potato will vary. The key to even cooking and a flaky, crumbly potato texture inside along with the crunch on the outside, you will want to pay attention to having uniform sized wedges.

Place wedges in a bowl and toss well with melted butter and olive oil. Then, add spices and toss well, evenly distributing the spices.

Spray a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet liberally with cooking spray. I really do think this helps with the added crunch on the outside. Place seasoned wedges on the tray in a single layer.

Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Then, remove from oven and turn oven to 500 degrees. Turn all of the steak fries over. When oven is 500 degrees, return them to the oven. Bake at 500 degrees for an additional 8-10 minutes depending on your oven and the degree of darkness you like on the outside.

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Mix all ingredients together and use for dipping with fries.

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