Pan-Seared Inexpensive Steak with Mustard-Cream Sauce for Two

Published April 12, 2007.

Why this recipe works:

To find the best inexpensive steaks—priced under $6.99 per pound—that would deliver solid beefy flavor and tender texture for our pan-seared steak recipe, we started with 12 different cuts and cooked them as we would any steak, creating a nice sear on both sides without overcooking or allowing… read more

To find the best inexpensive steaks—priced under $6.99 per pound—that would deliver solid beefy flavor and tender texture for our pan-seared steak recipe, we started with 12 different cuts and cooked them as we would any steak, creating a nice sear on both sides without overcooking or allowing the fond to burn. We tried a variety of preparation methods—salting, aging, tenderizing, marinating—but none really improved flavor and texture. In the end, only two cuts earned favored status and a place on the ingredient list in our pan-seared inexpensive steak recipe: boneless shell sirloin steak (a.k.a. top butt) and flap meat steak (a.k.a. sirloin tips).

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Serves 2

Make sure to prepare all of the sauce ingredients before cooking the steaks. Bear in mind that even those tasters who usually prefer rare beef preferred these steaks cooked medium-rare and medium because the texture is firmer and not quite so chewy.

Ingredients

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