Steak au Poivre with Brandied Cream Sauce

Published September 1, 2001.

Why this recipe works:

Our steak au poivre recipe had to be comparable to the best bistro examples—seared and encrusted with peppercorns and adorned with a silky, fragrant sauce— without ruining a pan and without our having to make veal stock to get a decent pan sauce. For our steak au poivre recipe, we peppered… read more

Our steak au poivre recipe had to be comparable to the best bistro examples—seared and encrusted with peppercorns and adorned with a silky, fragrant sauce— without ruining a pan and without our having to make veal stock to get a decent pan sauce. For our steak au poivre recipe, we peppered only one side of the steak to prevent scorched peppercorns and to create a nice sear and made a reduction of canned chicken and beef broths to create a quick, flavorful pan sauce.

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Serves 4

To save time, crush the peppercorns and trim the steaks while the broth mixture simmers. Many pepper mills do not have a sufficiently coarse setting. In that case, crush peppercorns with a sauté pan or rolling pin, (see below).

Ingredients

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