Sauce Base for Steak Diane—Demi-glace

Published May 1, 2004.

Why this recipe works:

We wanted a streamlined Steak Diane recipe with the best cut of steak, a foolproof method for cooking it, a quicker stock, and a leaner sauce. We chose flavorful strip steaks and pounded them to a -inch thickness for even browning; made a veal stock substitute using tomato paste, vegetables,… read more

We wanted a streamlined Steak Diane recipe with the best cut of steak, a foolproof method for cooking it, a quicker stock, and a leaner sauce. We chose flavorful strip steaks and pounded them to a ½-inch thickness for even browning; made a veal stock substitute using tomato paste, vegetables, red wine, and canned broth; and used this faux veal stock to make the sauce right in the pan in which we cooked the steak, adding cognac and just 2 tablespoons of butter. With these modifications, we were able to get our new Steak Diane recipe on the table in less than an hour.

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makes 1 1/4 cups

This recipe yields a sauce base that is an excellent facsimile of a demi-glace, a very labor-intensive and time-consuming classic French sauce base. Because the sauce base is very concentrated, make sure to use low-sodium chicken and beef broths; otherwise, the base may be unpalatably salty. The sauce base can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to three days.

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