Baked Steak Fries and Smokey Ketchup

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Potatoes are such a loyal refrigerator pantry item.

They last nicely in their little veggie drawer and are there for you when you need them.

When shopping for potatoes it’s amazing how much cheaper the bags of potatoes can be compared to buying them separately.

Unless of course the separate per-pound price of potatoes is on a super great sale.

The only thing about buying them in a bag is they don’t always have large baking size potatoes in them.

About the only time I’ll fork over the extra money to buy the potatoes separately is when I need the large baking size for a particular recipe.

Recently I bought a 5 pound bag of potatoes because they were on such a great sale.

But my fridge happened to be packed so I had to temporarily store them in my cupboard pantry.

I was surprised at how fast those little roots grew on the potatoes by being stored in the cupboard instead of the fridge.  Once I noticed those little roots growing I just broke them off and in to the fridge veggie drawer they went.

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These steak fries are so simple to make, require just a few ingredients, and are ultra delish.

And the good news is that they’re baked.

For fun, they can be served with smokey ketchup which is made with just a dab of Liquid Smoke.

If you’ve never used Liquid Smoke I have to tell you that just a dab will do you.

A long time ago one of my friends said to try a little Liquid Smoke in my spaghetti sauce.  Well now I know that “little” is a relative term because I used too much and the sauce was so horrible I can’t even describe it.

But, when used sparingly it adds such a nice flavor.

So let’s check out the ingredients:

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Potatoes, olive oil, kosher salt (or regular salt if you prefer), pepper, ketchup and Liquid Smoke.

Here’s how to make it:

For the steak fries:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Rinse off the potatoes and pat them dry.  Leave the skin on but cut off any imperfections or bruises.

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Cut the potatoes in quarters lengthwise.  If the potatoes are more on the round side you may need to cut them in fifths or sixths.

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In a medium size bowl add the potatoes,

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olive oil,

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pepper,

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and salt.

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Mix together so all of the potatoes are coated in the oil.  Drizzle some extra olive oil on a cookie sheet (or spray on some PAM if you prefer).  Then add the potatoes to the cookie sheet.

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Spread the potatoes out so one of the cut sides is lying flat on the cookie sheet.

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Bake in the oven until the sides facing down turn a golden color (about 25 minutes).

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When they come out of the oven add some additional salt if you like and salt to taste.

For the smokey ketchup:

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While the potatoes are cooking, add the ketchup to a small bowl.

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Then add the Liquid Smoke.

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Give the ketchup mixture a stir and a taste test.  If you prefer a little more smoke flavor then add just a tiny bit more of the Liquid Smoke at a time in between taste tests.

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If there was such a thing as an eye dropper size measuring spoon, that’s what I would classify as “tiny bit”….just one drop at a time.

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Serve the steak fries hot right out of the oven along with the smokey ketchup….and

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…Enjoy!

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Here are some more delish recipes with potatoes:

Baked Herb and Parmesan Potato Slices
French Fries with Dipping Sauces
Brown Butter and Bacon Cheese Potato Cups

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Baked Steak Fries and Smokey Ketchup

Yield: Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the steak fries:

4 medium size potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 dashes ground black pepper
4 dashes kosher salt (or salt to taste)

For the smokey ketchup:

1 cup of ketchup
1/8 teaspoon Liquid Smoke

Directions:

For the steak fries:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Rinse off the potatoes and pat them dry. Leave the skin on but cut off any imperfections or bruises. Cut the potatoes in quarters lengthwise. If the potatoes are more on the round side you may need to cut them in fifths or sixths.

In a medium size bowl add the potatoes, olive oil, pepper, and salt. Mix together so all of the potatoes are coated in the oil. Drizzle some extra olive oil on a cookie sheet (or spray on some PAM if you prefer). Then add the potatoes to the cookie sheet. Spread the potatoes out so one of the cut sides is lying flat on the cookie sheet. Bake in the oven until the sides facing down turn a golden color (about 25 minutes). When they come out of the oven add some additional salt if you like and salt to taste.

For the smokey ketchup:

While the potatoes are cooking, add the ketchup to a small bowl. Then add the Liquid Smoke. Give the ketchup mixture a stir and a taste test. If you prefer a little more smoke flavor, then add just a tiny bit more of the Liquid Smoke at a time in between taste tests. Serve the steak fries hot right out of the oven along with the smokey ketchup.

 

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8 Responses to “Baked Steak Fries and Smokey Ketchup”

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    The Contessa (Linda) — April 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    I prefer baked potato fries to fried. But I never thought of dressing up the ketchup. Great idea. And that liquid smoke goes a long way. The bottle can last me for years. Thanks for sharing.

    We’re having a party at Tumbleweed Contessa – What’d You Do This Weekend? I’d love it if your would bring these over. http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog/whatd-you-do-this-weekend-10/

    Have a great week,
    Linda

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    • Nancy — April 8th, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

      Hi Linda, thank you so much for stopping by and have a great week too!

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    Lorie — April 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    These Fries and Ketchup look WONDERFUL! Looking forward to trying your recipe!

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    • Nancy — April 9th, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

      Hi Lorie, thank you very much. Have a great day!

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    jules — May 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Will never make anyother way! I did one cookie sheet non greased (even though they had adequate Olive oil) and they stuck to the pan. The pan I did extra spray of “PAM” slid right off . The ketchup flavor was sooooo summer!!!!! Thanks!

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    • Nancy — May 2nd, 2013 @ 9:25 am

      Hi Jules, sorry that the potatoes didn’t work out the first time. I’ve noticed that sometimes depending on the pan I use with other recipes I’ll have this come up too. Just to be on the safe side I updated the recipe to drizzle some more olive oil on the cookie sheet or spray some Pam. So glad that they worked with the extra spray of PAM. Thank you for letting me know how these turned out.

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    Judy — February 28, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    That Smoky Ketchup, is the complete bomb! I used to love my fries with a little shake of Smoke Salt but you can’t find that stuff anywhere now! At least, I don’t know where to buy it. The ketchup, adding the liquid smoke, is a nifty idea!

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    • Nancy — March 1st, 2014 @ 8:47 am

      Hi Judy, so glad that you like it. The liquid smoke does a great job of flavoring the ketchup. Have a nice weekend!

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