My family has a tradition ordering one of two types of meals when we go out to eat; Steak or Seafood. I think we order those types of meals when we go out because those are ones we don't make at home. To this day my boyfriend teases me for always getting those meals when we go out, but then I look at his burger or pasta and think "well i could make that at home, why order that." And somewhere thoughts shifted and I began to think "well why can't I make this steak at home" and so I did, I made a Steak au Poivre with Sauce to try to get out of my restaurant rut.
How to make a pan sauce
This sauce was boss;it was pure awesomesauce. Ok I'm done with the puns but for real we were taking bread and trying to scoop up as much as we could and not leave any to waste. Making a pan sauce is really easy. After the meat is done cooking, drain any excess fat. Add flour (amount will vary depending on how much grease is made in the cooking process) and cook on a low heat until flour is cooked through. Add cream and cognac and cook at a simmer until the alcohol has cooked off and sauce has thickened. Season with salt and pepper, then serve. So easy, so much flavor from the meat in this sauce, which is what makes it so delicious.
I used my favorite cast iron skillet to make this. I prefer to use this cast iron when cooking meats because it heats evenly and gives the meat a great sear and crust. I don't have a grill (city living and all) but if you have one grilling is also a great alternative for cooking this recipe. I'll be here dreaming of the day when I'm not living in a city and have a backyard with space for a grill.
What are the best sides for Steak au Poivre with Sauce
I liked my steak served with french fries but this time I seasoned them with garlic, sea salt and parsley. Don't be fooled, I used frozen fries, but I dressed them up to be fancier. This meal would go great with mashed potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, sauteed kale, or rice. The sauce is very flavorful, so I'd stay away from flavors that don't go well with a meaty taste.
If you like hearty beef recipes I have a few others to recommend as well. My Oven Baked Brisket is a labor of love but a huge crowd pleaser. If you want something more exotic, my seared Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce can't be beat. If you want a set it and forget it meal, my dutch oven Braised Short Ribs are a great meal. And I would be remiss to not mention my Oven Baked Garlic Rosemary London Broil.
Make it a Meal
- Maple Glazed Roasted Carrots
- Balsamic Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Creamy Parmesan Polenta
- Roasted Broccoli and Garlic
- Other Side Options
Other Great Beef Dinners
Steak au Poivre with Sauce
- 2 Tenderloin Steaks
- 2 Tbsp Crushed Peppercorn
- Kosher Salt
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- ¼ Cup Flour
- ½ Cup Cognac
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- Let tenderloin steaks come to room temperature uncovered. Season generously with salt and fresh cracked peppercorn.
- Heat a skillet on medium-high and add butter and olive oil. Add steaks and cook for 4 minutes per side (for medium rare, for a more well done steak, cook longer)
- Remove steaks from pan and let rest. Turn heat down to low.
- Stir in flour and cook until flour is no longer raw, usually a minute. Stir in cognac and cream. Cook at a simmer until alcohol has been cooked off and sauce has thickened. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and spoon over steak to serve. Enjoy!
Sometimes we are a bit mean and mess with our cat. Not seen here, my boyfriend talking to her from inside of our bedroom. Arya was realllly confused, hence her face haha