Recipe by diner524
A classic in every French cookbook, Steak au Poivre is the perfect main course for a romantic meal. A recipe I found on About.com for French food. This is one that I would probably grill the steaks, as I love the added flavor they get from the grill, and then make the recipe for the sauce on the stove top or side burner. Note: You can use coarsely ground peppercorns in place of the black pepper stated for the recipe.
Top Review by melicious meals
love the sauce! i grilled my steaks so i could not use the pans scrapings, i did however cut off some of the fat before i cooked the steak and sauted it in the butter and shallots, i also added a teaspon or so of dijon mustard along with the cream. this sauce was amazing, great flavor did not over power the steak at all, a must try
- 4 slices steaks, 1-inch thick
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, to taste
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon light olive oil
- 1⁄3 cup shallot, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup butter, cut into 2 pieces
- 1⁄2 cup cognac
- 3⁄4 cup heavy cream
Directions See How It's Made
- Season both sides of each steak with the salt and pepper.
- Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat, and then sauté the steaks, 2 at a time, for 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Transfer the steaks to a heatproof dish and keep them warm in a 175-degree oven.
- Pour any leftover liquid from the skillet and lower the heat to medium.
- Add the shallots and 1 piece of butter; sauté for 5 minutes, until cooked.
- Carefully add Cognac (it may flame) and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens.
- Stir in cream and other piece of butter; heat through, stirring constantly.
- Serve over steaks immediately.