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I am so excited today has finally come.

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I have been dreaming about these Hawaiian carne asada fries since mid March when I was first telling my cousin Abby about them. I believe I was picking her brain about Mexican inspired recipes. The lucky girl lives in sunny, warm San Diego. I think it’s about time I go and visit her because, well the snow is getting old. Like SO old (currently dumping – possibility of 19 inches!).

No weather talk today though. We have much better things to discuss!!

Like the fact that the Gerard family farm has decided to add some more members to the clan…GOATS!! Yes, yes, yes! I have been dying for goats since we got our chickens last year and the time has finally come to think about goats again. My dad turned professional dishwasher/professional prop hunter/wanna be farmer (what?…he is a guy of many talents…and yeah, he keeps a day job too) has decided he wants to buy two goats within the coming weeks. He only wants them so they will eat the weeds around the property, but clearly I want them for their milk.

Which brings me to the fact that we have to get at least one female, which probably means baby goats (so cute!), which makes my “wanna be farmer” dad a little nervous. I have assured him that the fresh goat’s milk, and even better fresh goat cheese, will all be worth the efforts of milking those goats daily…of course this means I have to one, learn how to milk a goat, and two, learn how to make goat cheese. Oddly, I have confidence that I will be able to figure out both.

And hey, our chickens are doing OK and their eggs are pretty much perfection. Prettiest yolk you’ll ever see. So see, clearly we can handle goats, right???

I mean, we can. We can, right guys???

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While it looks like the goats are happening, the horse is still on hold. Little Asher will get her way soon enough though. I am telling you, that little six-year old has magical powers over our parents.

Magical.

Hawaiian Carne Asada Fries with Pineapple Pico De Gallo | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Oh, and I do feel like I should mention that since I have moved into the barn, the goats, along with the chickens, will be my neighbors. Meaning, when I look out the window, I will very likely be viewing a goat or two.

Kind of excited about that.

Also, barn things still happening, finally working on the finishing touches after a much-needed break! Final pics to come in late June.

Hawaiian Carne Asada Fries with Pineapple Pico De Gallo | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Ok. back to these fries. I’m a little crazy for these fries (and pineapple, but that has got to be SO obvious by now). I have also been dying to make them for far too long, so when I finally did, my excitement for sharing them with you guys was obnoxiously annoying. Just ask anyone who came through my door. If you did, they’d tell you that I obsessively talked about these fries and then proceeded to show them all 200 photos of them…and then fed them nothing.

Wow. It’s true what they say, I am so mean.

Hawaiian Carne Asada Fries with Pineapple Pico De Gallo | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Sorry to those of you who did not get to eat these fries, especially to my older brother Creighton. I finally made something he’d love and all he got was a text message with a picture. Which I do believe tortured him greatly.

Again, wow, I am so mean.

Anyway, these fries are just AWESOME. There is really no other word to describe them better. They’re fresh, flavorful, colorful, cheesy and topped with all the best toppings. But umm, you’d be my hero if you added a fried egg to the mix, like that would just be awesome!

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And the pineapple pico?? I will not lie, that is my very favorite part. FRUIT FREAK.

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Hawaiian Carne Asada Fries with Grilled Pineapple Pico De Gallo.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 887 kcal

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Ingredients

Hawaiian Carne Asada

Pineapple Pico De Gallo

  • 1/2 of a large pineapple or 1 small pineapple sliced into half circles
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 of a sweet onion finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 jalapeno seeded + chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • pinch of salt

Fries

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes peeled (if desired) and sliced into thin 1/4-inch to 1/2 inch (thick) strips
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt + 1 teaspoons pepper
  • 1-2 cups sharp cheddar or swiss cheese shredded
  • sliced avocado fresh cilantro, sesame seeds, crema or greek yogurt and Cajita Cheese, for topping (can even add a fried egg if you are into it!!)

Instructions

  • Add the steak to a glass pyrex dish or gallon size ziplock bag.
  • In a glass measuring cup or bowl whisk together the soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, garlic, jalapeno, lime juice, orange juice and sesame oil. Pour marinade over the steak, cover or seal the bag and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Pico De Gallo

  • Preheat the grill, a grill pan or a cast iron skillet to medium high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil. Rub the pineapple with olive oil. Once the grill is hot, add the pineapple. Cook until lightly charred on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from the grill.
  • Once the pineapple is cool enough to handle, dice it into bite size pieces and add to a bowl with the tomatoes, onion (if using), jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice and sesame oil. Taste and season with salt if needed. Can be stored for up to 1 day in the fridge.

Fries

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or grease with a little olive oil.
  • Cut each potato into very thin fries, lengthwise no more than a quarter-inch thick. In a large bowl, toss the fries with olive oil. I think I used about 2 tablespoons. Add the salt and pepper and arrange the fries in a single layer without crowding them (this is very important - I used two baking sheets). Bake for 20 minutes, remove and toss, then bake for 15-20 minutes longer. I like to start checking them at 15 minutes and make sure that none are burning or getting too crisp.

To Finish

  • Heat a grill or grill pan to high heat.
  • Once hot, remove the steak from its marinade and sear the steak for 5-8 minutes, flip and sear another 5 minutes or until your desired doneness is reached. Remove the steak and allow to rest 5 minutes. Slice steak thinly against the grain.
  • Divide the fries among 4 plates or bowls and top with cheese (if desired place the cheese + fries under the broiler to melt) and sliced steak. Top with sliced avocado, pico de gallo, fresh cilantro, sesame seeds, crema or greek yogurt and Cajita Cheese. SERVE!!

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But really, aren’t these what every Monday needs? I think so.

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  1. 5 stars
    This came out amazing! I have been looking forward to it for days after finding the recipe. We are so addicted to your site, it is basically the only site we use now as we love your recipes. Keep up the great work.

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  4. whoops, comment cut.
    I was wondering if you could throw the steak + marinade in the crockpot for a few hours?

  5. Made this for dinner this week and it was really delicious – thanks so much Tieghan! Any meal that combines steak, chips and pineapple was always going to be a hit with my boyfriend! Especially loved the pineapple salsa and have already made more with the leftover pineapple 🙂

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  7. For me, this is ‘salad.’ 🙂 And I would loveeee to eat this so-called salad EVERY SINGLE DAY. Love all the photos.

    Also, congrats on your goats, Tieghan. I know you can do those tasks (milk the goat & make cheese) 🙂

  8. These fries would be so perfect for Cinco de Mayo, I think! Love that colorful pico de gallo!

  9. Wow, these look INCREDIBLE. They’re definitely getting pinned for a future dinner! Yumm…

  10. Can’t wait to make these.
    Took my first graders to a goat farm each spring—-they had fun but I don’t think I would make it taking care of them.

  11. This looks delicious! I will definitely be making this at some point. The pineapple pico de gallo – yum!

    I haven’t owned goats personally, but I was a zookeeper for a few years and one of my tasks was taking care of the animals in the petting zoo – mainly a bunch of goats and sheep. Of the dairy goats, our Nubians were my favorite, in terms of looks and personality. A lot of people loved our La Mancha boy, as he would come up and lean against you, asking to be pet, even butting his head under your hand, like a dog. Goats are relatively easy and low maintenance animals to care for, so you’ll be just fine. I’m excited to see what you guys end up with!

  12. Aren’t goats hilarious?! Well enjoy the view. Also, thanks for this amazing looking meal. Your gifs are amazing and sort of mesmerizing.

  13. I might try making this without the fries and create my own burrito bowl type dish. Oh, and the animation in this recipe? Yeah, I watched it like 10 times straight without thinking about it. SO TASTY LOOKING.

  14. Have mercy this looks delicious! Also, I would also like some goats. My friends would always take goats to the fair, but my family was more of a rabbit and cattle bunch! But, I have always wanted goats!! I will have to follow your learnings so I know what to do when I get them one day! 🙂

  15. This is a case where I feel like the sum of its parts is just as good as the whole picture, because the picture of that steak by its lonesome is seriously a carnivore’s dream – the juice, the perfectly crusted exterior…goodness! I need a bowl of these in front of me…like now.

  16. Wow Tieghan these fries look awesome! You’re killin me with these recipes lately! I have a list of things just from your blog alone that’s like a mile long of things I NEED to make ASAP!! The photo of that meat just makes me want to grab it right off the computer screen!!

  17. Wow does this look so good right now! I always love seeing your unique fry recipes so obviously will be trying these STAT! Also, goats are the cutest so I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures!

  18. Wow, what colorful and mouthwatering recipe! So many flavors happening, and yes, what a perfect dish to bring in the warmer weather with!

  19. Wow, these look delicious! I’m studying in the North of England at the moment and we keep being teased by warm weather. These just make me want summer to come already!!
    My family has two Pygmy goats, twin girls, who are adorable. It’s true though, goats will eat anything and everything. The personal favourite of my goats is all the blackberries off the bush and then the whole bush once they’ve finished the berries, thorns and all! They can be rather cheeky though, but as long as their horns aren’t cut off they won’t bite, they might just push you with their horns a bit!

  20. I imagine these don’t last very long because people just devour them so quickly. I’m in love with that pico de gallo. I bet it’d be great on top of grilled swordfish or a salmon burger.