Steak au Poivre

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
2 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 2 blade (aka flat iron) steaks, gristle removed
  • Salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
Directions

Put peppercorns in a small resalable plastic bag and hit with a rolling pin until coarsely crushed. Pat the steaks dry with paper towels and season well salt. Dip 1 side of each steak into the peppercorns and press to help adhere.

Heat the butter and oil in a 10-inch heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-heat until just smoking.

Add the steaks, peppercorn side up to the hot pan and cook, undisturbed, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook, pressing the steaks down in the pan so that the peppercorns adhere, about 4 to 5 minutes for medium-rare. Remove to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest at least 5 minutes.

Meanwhile discard all but 1 tablespoon of the drippings, return the pan to the stove over medium heat, add the shallots and cook until softened, about 1 minute. Stir in the beef broth and brandy. Scrape the bottom of the pan to incorporate any browned bits and cook until slightly thickened, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Add the cream and any accumulated meat juices and simmer until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Stir in vinegar and season, to taste, with salt. Transfer the steaks to serving plates and drizzle with the sauce.


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