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CTBF: Steak with Mustard Butter and French Fries


Happy Friday! I am so glad to be back with another Cook the Book Fridays recipe. This week’s recipe brought to mind a memory from 20-some years ago…

Back in my mid-20’s I had my wisdom teeth removed. For about a week, I subsisted on scrambled eggs and baked potatoes. Needless to say, my palate was bored out of its mind! I had a little cookbook (I still have it, actually) called “The Best of France”. In the book are two steak recipes that sound wonderful. During my week of very boring eating, I was obsessively craving a steak from that book. I would lay in bed or sit at work and all I could think about was making and eating one of those steaks! I must have needed iron or protein or something that was missing from my diet. I never did make that steak, but the memory of craving it has really stuck with me.

Steak with Mustard Butter and French Fries is a modern twist on the classic Steak Frites from my little cookbook. Rib-eye steaks are lightly seasoned with salt, chipotle chile powder, and parsley. After a quick sear in a cast-iron skillet, they are topped with a tasty mustard-flavored butter. Serve the steaks with oven-baked French fries and you have a delicious meal.


This recipe is a keeper! It was a decadent meal perfect for Valentine’s Day. The steak was perfectly cooked and very flavorful. I have always enjoyed making oven-baked fries, but the technique from this recipe produced the best I have ever made. This will now be my go-to French fries recipe. And the steak may now be my go-to “it’s not grilling season” steak recipe.

The recipe for Steak with Mustard Butter and French Fries can be found in David Lebovitz’s book My Paris Kitchen. The steak-only recipe is available on Food52.



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