“This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of McCain Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.” Enjoy this Loaded Fries Korean Beef Steak Style recipe!
Loaded Fries with Korean Beef
Loaded Fries are the perfect game day food, and topped with flavorful Korean beef, they’ll likely have your friends and family asking for seconds. Loaded fries have become a recurring food in our home, especially at this time of year with the abundance of college and pro games on the tube. The Korean beef sets this one apart from others I’ve had and hopefully becomes a new staple in your rotation. These work well as an appetizer or an entrée, and check the trifecta of boxes for savory, salty and sweet. I’m personally very excited for some of the bowl games this year, I love seeing the Big 12, SEC, PAC 12 and other conferences square off. With the college football playoffs, we have reason to host another night or two of football gatherings, which I know my husband is all over. This gives me a chance to try out more game-day recipes. It’s usually an easy crowd as they’re happy to be watching sports and will grub down almost anything I put out there, but I already know that this dish will be their favorite that I put out.
Korean Food Truck Inspiration
I recently picked up a meal from a Korean food truck that was parked at one of the local microbreweries, which gave me inspiration for this meal. Their dish was completely different, but the traditional Korean beef flavors in a fusion appetizer was an eye-opener for me. I am fully on-board with the food truck revolution as it gives another opportunity to showcase brilliant food creations. There’s a huge craft beer craze here. Although I don’t drink as much as my husband and his buddies, I do love the food that comes with it.
Best Loaded Fries need the Best Fries
McCain Seasoned Fries are perfect for a dish like this as their seasoning is a cut above the rest. They also have a great texture that goes so well with the Korean beef and really elevates the dish. There’s nothing worse than soggy fries, it completely ruins a meal and the crisp on McCain Seasoned Fries is anything but soft and soggy. I opt for McCain Seasoned Curly Fries as they are wide enough to hold up a piece of meat or other fixins’. I purchased McCain Seasoned Fries at at your local grocery store or you can locate a store at http://www.mccainpotatoes.com/where-to-buy
When I start making appetizers, cheese is often the first thing I grab. I held off and went cheese-free on this appetizer and found the taste to still be 100% crave-worthy. Since there’s no cheese and with the Korean beef being a little bit dry, I opted to juice everything up a bit with some chorizo. Like most fry appetizers this one is very customizable as someone could add cheese or take out the chorizo and be just fine. In fact, next time around, I plan to add in some diced tomatoes and avocados.
Tips to Hosting the Perfect Game Day Party
- Start planning early! I shoot for about 5 days prior to the party and kick things off with an invitation.
- Have a detailed list of the following: what to cook, how much food you’ll need, where to buy which things, guests with allergies or other dietary needs).
- Finger foods. They are so easy to make and great for a big crowd.
- Determine the game-viewing area (make sure it’s open and that there’s enough space for your guests).
- Cook ahead of time (and ask for help if needed).
- Keep party beverages on ice.
- Use paper or plastic utensils for a simple clean-up after party.
- Keep trash can or bags visible, so your guests can remove junk immediately.
- Make it a potluck party? Something to consider for certain occasions.
- Keep the kids busy and away from blocking the game-view area. Plan a fun game for kids to play and keep them occupied.
- Have some extra games around the game itself: Each guest guesses exact time of first points, total points for each quarter, longest field goal of the game, etc.
“Do you have any tips for making sure your viewing parties are unforgettable?”
- 1 pound beef flank/skirt steak
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1/4 cup green onion chopped
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 tablespoon ginger grated
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil optional
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon korean gojuchang
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar add more according to your liking
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 4 tablespoons mayonaise
To build loaded fries
- 1 bag McCain Seasoned Fries
- Chorizo cook according to the packaging
- fresh jalapeño
- roasted peanut crushed
- plum tomatoes chopped
To marinade the steak:
- Combine the marinade sauce ingredients (except the vegetable oil) and add the meat. Transfer into a zip lock and marinate in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over high heat and cook the steak for about 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Cut the steak into small pieces, set aside.
To make Asian dressing:
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients above until well blended.
To build the loaded fries:
- Cook the McCain Seasoned Fries according to package directions.
- Place the fries on the bottom of the plate and top with steak, chorizo and drizzle with some of Asian dressing.
- Sprinkle with toppings: crushed roasted peanuts, cilantro and chopped jalapeño. Serve immediately.