People throughout France sit down regularly to a meal of deceptive simplicity and universal appeal: steak and french fries. It may seem like the world’s easiest dish (after all, it requires only two main ingredients), but the steak must be meaty and juicy, the potatoes buttery and crisp, and both must arrive at the table piping hot. Here’s an uptown version of this French bistro classic, featuring my favorite cut of beef for steaks– rib eye– anointed with a dollop of creamy Béarnaise. The French would most likely pan-fry the steaks, but I prefer the flavor that comes with grilling although last night I did pan sear the rib eye as it was too cold to turn on the grill.
The frites get their meltingly soft interior and crisp crust from a two-step frying process: the first at a lower temperature to cook them through, the second at higher heat to crisp them.
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