Steak Frites Cones

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min (includes soaking time)
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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Chipotle Mayonnaise:

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 teaspoon chopped garlic 

1 can chipotle in adobo 

3/4 cup mayonnaise 

Cilantro Aioli:

1 bunch cilantro

5 tablespoons sherry vinegar 

3/4 cup mayonnaise 


1 cup finely chopped parsley

1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary 

1 tablespoon finely chopped marjoram 

1 clove garlic 

1 anchovy fillet 

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil 

4 tablespoons sherry vinegar 

Zest of 1 Meyer lemon 

1 tablespoon kosher salt 

French Fries:

2 large russet potatoes

1 teaspoon white vinegar 

48 ounces (6 cups) canola oil, for frying 

Fine sea salt 


4 skirt steaks (about 2 pounds)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 

Cilantro and parsley for garnish 

Crushed ice, for serving 


Special equipment:
deep-fry thermometer; paper or bamboo cones for serving; cone holders; small pipettes for serving sauces
  1. For the chipotle mayonnaise: In a blender, combine black pepper, garlic, and chipotle in adobo and puree until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and the pureed chipotle mixture. Set aside.
  2. For the cilantro aioli: In a blender, combine cilantro and vinegar and puree until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and the pureed cilantro mixture. Set aside.
  3. For the chimichurri: Place parsley, rosemary, and marjoram in a large bowl. Mince together the garlic and anchovy until it forms a coarse paste. Add to the herbs. Add olive oil, vinegar, lemon zest, and salt. Whisk to combine and set aside.
  4. For the french fries: Slice the potatoes into long, thin planks using a potato slicer or a sharp knife. Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add cold water to cover. Stir in vinegar and let soak 1 hour.
  5. Place the oil in a Dutch oven (the oil should be at least 3 inches deep) and heat to 375 degrees F. Drain the potatoes and pat very dry. Fry until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove, drain on paper towels and season with salt.
  6. For the steak: Preheat a grill or grill pan.
  7. Season steak with salt and pepper on both sides. Drizzle with oil and grill for 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium. Allow to rest for 5 minutes then slice on a bias in 1/4-inch-thick slices. Toss the steak in some of the chimichurri sauce. Set aside.
  8. To assemble: Place the fries and sliced steak in cones fitted in cone holders. Garnish with cilantro and parsley leaves. Serve the sauces in small pipettes in a bowl of crushed ice alongside the cones.