Steak au Poivre

Peppered Steak

A delicious steak au poivre recipe to please everyone at your table. Very easy to do and one you will want to make over and over again. This is a recipe without all the cream, making it a much healthier option especially if you are watching your weight.

As steak is such a favourite with everyone this is a good choice for family meals as well as entertaining your friends. It's certainly one of our choices for dinner ideas and of course is French cuisine at it's best. Another french recipe to love!

Ingredients (For four people you will need)

·         4 rump steaks about ¾-1 inch thick

·         1 oz peppercorns (white preferably)

·         2oz butter

·         1 tablespoon olive oil

·         2 tablespoons chopped shallots or spring onions

·         Salt

·         ¼ pint (5/8 cup)

·         2-3 tablespoons brandy

·         Watercress to garnish


·         Prepare steaks by trimming them, and then wipe dry with kitchen paper - very important so that the steaks will brown!

·         Crush peppercorns in a pestle and mortar.

·         Press crushed peppercorns into steaks on both sides.

·         Leave for about half an hour (longer if possible).

·         Heat 1oz butter and the olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan.

·         Fry steaks on each side for 2-4 minutes, depending on how you want them cooked.

·         Sprinkle with salt and place on a warm serving dish.

·         Add the spring onions or shallots to the pan and and cook for a few minutes.

·         Add stock and the brandy and mix well with the meat juices, stirring continuously

·         Bring to the boil, heat for 2 minutes.

·         Remove from the heat and add the rest of the butter.

·         Pour sauce over the steak.

·         Garnish with watercress and serve accompanied by sautéed potatoes or your favourite vegetables.

A very tasty and nourishing meal for your family and friends – you'll be in love with this one! 

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