Bistro classic steak with peppercorn sauce

    13 min

    Simple and tasty steak with a peppercorn, mushroom and brandy sauce. Serve with homemade french fries and a green salad.

    Samantha's Supper

    Kent, England, UK
    380 people made this

    Serves: 2 

    • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
    • 2 sirloin or rib eye steaks
    • vegetable oil
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 5 tablespoons brandy
    • 4 tablespoons demi-glaze or beef stock
    • 1 handful sliced mushrooms
    • 120ml double cream
    • 1/2 tablespoon butter

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:8min  ›  Ready in:13min 

    1. Begin my placing the peppercorns wrapped in cling film and cover with a tea towel. Using a rolling pin, crush the peppercorns. For 2 people depending on taste a level tablespoon would be maximum.
    2. Lightly brush both sides of the steaks with vegetable oil. A good tip is to bring the steaks to room temperature before cooking to ensure even cooking.
    3. Heat a fry pan to your highest setting. Gently place the steaks in the pan and cook for a couple of minutes on each side or to your preference.
    4. Turn the heat down and remove the steaks to rest whilst making the sauce.
    5. When the pan has reduced to a medium heat add the brandy and demi-glaze or beef stock. Stir well with a wooden spoon, scraping up all the meat juices.
    6. Add the mushrooms and peppercorns. Stir well for a minute. The idea is to hear the peppercorns starting to crackle.
    7. Pour in the cream. It may look like the sauce will split but as long as you keep stirring well it will all come together. The ideal consistency for the sauce is not too thin but thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. When sauce begins to bubble up and foam it is ready to add the butter. (The butter enriches and glosses the sauce).
    8. On heated plates add the steak and pour over the rested meat juices followed by the sauce spooned over.

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    Serving suggestion

    This dish goes particularly well with homemade french fries and a salad made from lazy leaf lettuce and sliced white onion. Make a simple dressing with 1 part tarragon vinegar to 3 parts olive oil.

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    Reviews in English (5)


    First class  -  07 Jul 2012


    Easy to make and perfect with sirloin steak  -  27 Feb 2016


    what a dissapointment....never tasted a peppercorn sauce so bland in all my life, wont be making this again  -  07 Oct 2017