August 14, 2010

Best of Old House Kitchen: Zippy Steak Fries

The next few weeks our family is going to be very busy!  We have two more camping trips, 4-H week, Vacation Bible School (my hubby's in charge of this so of course I'm helping, too!), our 16th wedding anniversary, a birthday celebration, and we have overnight guests coming to visit on two separate occasions!  Crazy busy!  So ya'll will forgive me if I re-post a few things here and there, right?  Good.  I knew you were nice like that!  : )  Monday menu plans will be new each week because, after all, we have to eat and I need a menu.  Tuesday's kitchen tips will be new and we'll keep following the Queen of the Castle series, but the recipes that I post will be our family's favorite ones.  I've taken a poll during one of our latest Dinner Time Quiz Shows so here is a family's favorite.

We love going to a certain restaurant where they serve these wonderful steak fries with cheese and a zesty dipping sauce. I've created my own version. Hope you enjoy!

Steak Fries
6-8 medium potatoes (russet work well)
3 T oil (olive oil or veg. oil...take your pick)

1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. chili powder

3/4 cup mozzarella cheese
3/4 cup cheddar cheese
3/4 cup colby-jack cheese

Zesty Dipping Sauce
1/2 cup ranch dressing
2 tsp. chili powder

Wash, half and then slice potatoes into thin wedges. Place potatoes in a bowl and fill with cold water. Let sit for a few minutes to get some of the starch out. Drain, rinse and then towel dry. (Yes, I said towel dry. The oil needs to stick and if you've covered oil and water in science class...) Sprinkle oil and then seasonings over potatoes and toss together. Spread around on a large, greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 450 oven for about 10 minutes. Flip the fries over and then bake at 400 for about 30-40 more minutes. Sprinkle cheeses on top of the fries and bake until cheese is melted to your liking (about 5 minutes for us).

While the fries are baking mix together the ranch dressing and chili powder and let it chill in the fridge. Serve as a side to the fries.


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