Steak au poivre (Steak with peppercorns) is easy to cook and still holds its own on any menu, high end haute cuisine or just hanging at the Barbie! Next time you have a hankering for Philly cheesesteak, try this instead!
Step 1: Ingredients
Eye Fillet Steak
2 tablespoon sliced spring onion or shallots
2 tablespoons green peppercorns (packed in brine) if you can get pink peppercorns, try them, or a mix!
1 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons brandy, preferably Cognac
2 teaspoons flour
½ cup heavy cream
Salt, to taste
Step 2: Mise En Place (preparation)
Slice the onions finely, here these are called “Spring Onions” you may call them something else.
Open a can of Green Peppercorns and drain out the liquid.
Step 3: Grill Over Charcoal
Salt the steak a half hour before grilling.
I’m using my Weber Go Anywhere grill with a set of Cast Iron Grates to give me a great sear. A hot charcoal fire is perfect for this and the Go Anywhere is the right size for a dinner for up to four.
Put the steak on the grill, then at the first turn of the steak, start the green peppercorn sauce.
Step 4: Prepare the Peppercorn Sauce
Heat the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for a minute or two till the onions just soften
Add the green peppercorns and cook down for another minute or so, crush a few of the peppercorns with your spoon to bring out the flavour, add the flour and cook, while stirring, for another minute.
Add the cream and cook till the cream has reduced by half, this shouldn’t take long and it’s a good time to check your steak.
Add the Brandy and cook until the alcohol has burned off and the sauce is thick and creamy. Set the sauce aside.
Step 5: Just Before Service
Reheat the sauce just before your steak is ready.
Step 6: Serve It Up
Assemble the plates with your sides, in a French restaurant, pommes frites (potato fries) would be the norm and that’s what I would do in winter, but it’s summer here so a little salad for decoration.
Pour over a little of the heated peppercorn sauce and serve.
A great dish for “Date Night” or any special occasion.