Mediterranean Steak Fries

"From First Magazine, July 25, 2005. Borrow a trick from Belgian-style cafes to take fries to the next level; roll sheets of wax paper into cones and fill with fries, then place in vases for creative holders."
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  • Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Place fries in single layer on foil-lined baking sheet; sprinkle with Mediterranean seasoning. Bake 20 minutes, or until crispy.
  • In bowl, combine mayonnaise, shallots, lemon juice, garlic, mustard, anchovies and pepper; serve wtih steak fries.

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