Back in the very early 2000’s my husband would actually workout with me even though he fought me every rep. This was way before CrossFit, CFFB and FS; I was still a bit of a meathead and did a 3 day a week split of pull, push and legs. Friday night was “steak and legs”. We would meet up at the gym at 5:30, train legs and then grill steaks and serve them up with these yummy French fries cooked in duck fat. And of course, a salad or something green.
While my idea of a romantic Friday evening was sweating together under the squat rack followed by heavy deadlifts and his was not, we did agree on dinner and the Friday night tradition has continued. Steak of choice will vary between a good hearty strip or sirloin and my personal favorite, a nice juicy blood rare rib eye—bone in. No matter what you grill up these fries are sure to please.
Duck Fat Fries
2-3 tbs duck fat
3-4 large Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced
sea salt freshly ground black pepper
Start by peeling the potatoes. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Place the duck fat on a sturdy baking sheet (my fav is stoneware) and place in the oven while it is pre heating to melt the fat.
Slice the potatoes while the fat is melting
Make sure the fries are well coated with the duck fat then spread out in a single layer and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Bake at 450 degrees for about 15-20 minutes (will vary on how thick or thin you slice the potatoes). Remove from oven, carefully flip the fries and cook for another 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
These fries are so tasty you won’t even want to use ketchup. The duck fat imparts a flavor all it’s own along with an extra crispness. Enjoy!
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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.
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