Submitted by: Geoff Marshall from Chicago, IL
Yield: 4 - 5 oz servings of beef with sauce for each.
Let steak sit out 30-60 minutes until it reaches room temperature.
Use the bottom of a sauté pan and a sheet pan to crush the peppercorns. You could also place the peppercorns into a plastic bag, or fold them in a linen napkin before carefully crushing them with a mallet. If your peppermill has an extra coarse setting, you can use that too.
Season steaks first with Kosher salt then coat it heavily in black pepper.
Heat 1 teaspoon of oil and small knob of butter in a heavy sauté pan. On high heat, sear the steaks to form a crust. Cook steaks to desired temperature, medium-rare is preferred.
Remove steaks from pan, cover in foil, and let them rest while you prepare the cream sauce.
Use your liquor to deglaze the fond from pan. Flambé the liquor with long match or barbecue lighter. Make sure you have proper ventilation. Do not burn your house down! The flames can reach up to a foot high, but will burn away after 30 seconds or so.
Use a whisk to loosen all the baked on deliciousness that will form the pan sauce. Add another knob of butter and your cream. Keep whisking the cream sauce as you reduce it to a nappe consistency. (Nappe is a French cooking term to describe a sauce thickness that will coat the back of a spoon.)
For a more visually appealing serving; slice and shingle the steaks on a bed of sauce, and sauce them once more on top.
For an even more succulent severing, smother the whole steak in the pan sauce, you can even roll them around in the pan.
The recipe listed above is the simplest form of Steak au Poivre. This flavor profile allows you to enjoy the specific flavors of beef, peppercorns, and the creamy pan sauce. You could also try the following suggestions to switch things up for your preferred taste. Cook shallots, mushrooms, or onions in butter after you have flambéed and deglazed the pan. Add cream and reduce to nappe once the vegetables have cooked. For a zestier pan sauce, add a dollop of dijon mustard or brined green peppercorns. For an extra luxurious pan sauce, add a small amount of truffle oil. If you have a different spin on this recipe, please comment below and tell us!