a sweet twist on steak frites

steak frites are common lunch time fare in France, pan fried steak served with a bunch of fries and of course, mayonnaise.

I decided to make my own version with sweet potato fries and a lemon pepper marinated filet mignon steak.  The lemon pepper seasoning mixed with the sweetness of the oyster sauce really brings out the juicy tender meaty flavor of the filet.

Ingredients:

for the steak

1 filet mignon steak (1-1 1/2 inches)

1 tbsp of Trader Joes Lemon Pepper seasoning (any seasoning blend will do though)

1 tbsp of oyster sauce

1 tbsp of oil

for the sweet potato fries

1 medium sized sweet potato (orange flesh)

1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tbsp of salt (I used himalayan which adds an extra hint of savoury)

Directions:

for the steak

  1. season each side with salt and seasoning mix.  pour olive oil on each side followed by the oyster sauce.
  2. marinate for at least a couple of hours
  3. when ready to cook, let meat reach room temperature and heat a cast iron pan on medium high heat.  wait until it gets VERY hot (this is important to get the perfect sear on your steak)
  4. put the steak in the dry pan and leave for a few minutes (for medium) then flip, leaving other side to cook for the same amount of time.
  5. remove let rest for a couple of minutes for the juices to settle.

for the fries

  1. preheat the oven to 450 degrees F
  2. wash the sweet potato an cut into long slices about 1/4 inch in thickness
  3. toss sweet potatoes, olive oil an salt in a bowl
  4. line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper, then layout fries in a single layer, making sure not to overcrowd.
  5. bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then flip each one for even browning.
  6. return the sweet potatoes to the oven for another 15 minutes or until the edges of the fries begin to turn dark brown.

plate fries with steak and a side of desired condiment (I used organic ketchup) and voila!

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