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DUCK FAT FRIES INSPIRED BY JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2

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3,194,768 views  If you want dry aged steak without the 45-day wait or the accompanying price tag, try this recipe for koji-brined steak! All the nutty flavor of dry-aged meat, minus the funky aftertaste.

2 Steaks

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INGREDIENTS

For the Koji Filet Mignon

For the Koji Filet Mignon

Optional:  koji

1 cup Optional: koji

filet mignon steaks

2 filet mignon steaks

As needed kosher salt

As needed kosher salt

As needed freshly ground black pepper

As needed freshly ground black pepper

unsalted butter

3 tbsp unsalted butter

garlic, smashed

2 cloves garlic, smashed

sprigs thyme

3.5 sprigs thyme

sprigs rosemary

2.5 sprigs rosemary

neutral oil

2 tbsp neutral oil

Bordelaise Sauce (see recipe below)

Bordelaise Sauce (see recipe below)

Duck Fat Pave Fries (see recipe below)

Duck Fat Pave Fries (see recipe below)

Asparagus (see recipe below)

Asparagus (see recipe below)

For the Duck Fat Pave Fries

For the Duck Fat Pave Fries

yukon gold potatoes, peeled

2 ½ lbs yukon gold potatoes, peeled

duck fat

7 oz duck fat

kosher salt

1 tsp kosher salt

garlic powder

½ tsp garlic powder

onion powder

½ tsp onion powder

As needed fry oil of choice

As needed fry oil of choice

As needed finishing salt

As needed finishing salt

For the Asparagus

For the Asparagus

unsalted butter, soft

1 stick unsalted butter, soft

anchovies

1.5 anchovies

neutral oil

3 tbsp neutral oil

asparagus, trimmed

8 oz asparagus, trimmed

water

2 tbsp water

To taste kosher salt

To taste kosher salt

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

For the Bordelaise Sauce

For the Bordelaise Sauce

dry red wine

6 oz dry red wine

small shallot, finely diced

1 small shallot, finely diced

sprigs fresh thyme

2 sprigs fresh thyme

bay leaf

1 bay leaf

demi glace

7 oz demi glace

To taste kosher salt

To taste kosher salt

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

unsalted butter

1 ½ tbsp unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Koji Filet Mignon

1.

Optionally, add the koji to the base of a food processor. Pulse/blend the mixture until the granules are fine like the consistency of sand. Pass the processed koji through a fine mesh sieve to remove any remaining large pieces. Coat the steaks in the koji, then transfer them to a rack placed in a small rimmed baking sheet. Refrigerate the steaks, uncovered, for 2 days.

Optional:  koji

1 cup Optional: koji

filet mignon steaks

2 filet mignon steaks

2.

Rinse the koji off of the steaks (if applicable) and pat dry with paper towels. Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper.

As needed kosher salt

As needed kosher salt

As needed freshly ground black pepper

As needed freshly ground black pepper

3.

Transfer the steaks along with the butter, garlic, thyme, and rosemary to a vacuum sealable bag. Seal the bag and set aside.

unsalted butter

3 tbsp unsalted butter

garlic, smashed

2 cloves garlic, smashed

sprigs thyme

3.5 sprigs thyme

sprigs rosemary

2.5 sprigs rosemary

4.

Prepare an immersion water bath (sous vide) to 130 °F. Submerge the vacuum package into the water and allow the steaks to cook for 2 hours.

5.

Remove the steaks from the water bath and vacuum bags. Pat them dry and set aside.

6.

Add th oil to a cast iron or carbon steel pan. Heat over high heat, then add the steaks. Season the steak with salt, then sear for about 1-2 minutes per side or until the crust has turned a deep brown.

neutral oil

2 tbsp neutral oil

7.

Transfer the seared steaks to the serving plate(s) of choice, then serve with Bordelaise Sauce, Duck Fat Pave Fries, and Asparagus.

Bordelaise Sauce (see recipe below)

Bordelaise Sauce (see recipe below)

Duck Fat Pave Fries (see recipe below)

Duck Fat Pave Fries (see recipe below)

Asparagus (see recipe below)

Asparagus (see recipe below)

8.

For the Duck Fat Pave Fries

1.

Preheat the oven to 225 °F.

2.

Slice the potatoes very thinly using a mandolin. Transfer the potatoes to a large bowl and set aside.

yukon gold potatoes, peeled

2 ½ lbs yukon gold potatoes, peeled

3.

Add the duck fat to a medium saucepot and heat over low heat until just melted but not hot. Add the salt, garlic powder, and onion powder to the duck fat and whisk to combine.

duck fat

7 oz duck fat

kosher salt

1 tsp kosher salt

garlic powder

½ tsp garlic powder

onion powder

½ tsp onion powder

4.

Pour the duck fat mixture over the potatoes and gently toss to combine.

5.

Prepare a loaf pan with parchment paper, making sure to leave about 6 inches excess on the long sides of the pan.

6.

Layer the duck fat coated potatoes into the prepared loaf pan.

7.

Fold the excess parchment paper over the surface of the layered potatoes.

8.

Bake the potatoes in the preheated oven for 3 hours.

9.

Remove the cooked potatoes from the oven. Place another loaf pan pan, filled with rice or sugar, over the potatoes to compress them.

10.

Allow the potato pave to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate overnight.

11.

Once chilled, remove the pave from the loaf pan. Trim off any of the rough edges, then slice the loaf into rectangle about ¾ inch wide and about 3 ½ inches long.

12.

Transfer the slices pave fries into the freezer for at least 2 hour or up to 5 days.

13.

Preheat about 3 inches of fry oil in a high-walled skillet to 375 °F.

As needed fry oil of choice

As needed fry oil of choice

14.

Working in batches, add the frozen fries to the preheated oil and fry for 3-4 minutes. Transfer cooked fries to a paper towel-lined sheet tray. Season generously with finishing salt.

As needed finishing salt

As needed finishing salt

15.

Serve warm.

16.

For the Asparagus

1.

In a small bowl, combine the butter and anchovies. Stir to combine using a spatula or fork and set aside.

unsalted butter, soft

1 stick unsalted butter, soft

anchovies

1.5 anchovies

2.

Add the oil to a large saute pan. Heat the oil over medium-high heat.

neutral oil

3 tbsp neutral oil

3.

Add the asparagus and cook for 1 minute.

asparagus, trimmed

8 oz asparagus, trimmed

4.

Add the water to the pan, then cover and steam the asparagus for 2 minutes.

water

2 tbsp water

5.

Uncover the pan and reduce the heat to medium-low.

6.

Cook the asparagus for 1-2 minutes longer or until all of the water has evaporated.

7.

Finish the asparagus with about 2-3 tablespoons of the anchovy butter and toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

To taste kosher salt

To taste kosher salt

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

8.

Serve immediately.

9.

For the Bordelaise Sauce

1.

Combine the wine, shallots, thyme, and bay leaf in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat until the liquid has reduced about by half its volume, about 6-8 minutes.

dry red wine

6 oz dry red wine

small shallot, finely diced

1 small shallot, finely diced

sprigs fresh thyme

2 sprigs fresh thyme

bay leaf

1 bay leaf

2.

Add the demi-glace to the pan and bring the sauce back to a simmer. Continue cooking the sauce, while stirring periodically, until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

demi glace

7 oz demi glace

3.

Strain the sauce and season to taste with salt and pepper.

To taste kosher salt

To taste kosher salt

To taste freshly ground black pepper

To taste freshly ground black pepper

4.

When ready to serve, reheat the sauce in a small saucepan. Turn off the heat, then add the butter and whisk to combine. Serve immediately.

unsalted butter

1 ½ tbsp unsalted butter

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