I was so excited to see this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe - Bistrot Paul Bert pepper steak (pp 238-239). We don’t eat that much red meat these days, though I do love a good steak. When we do, we buy from Rowe Farms, where we can be sure that the animals led happy lives and the meat actually tastes like meat. It costs a little more but I prefer quality over quantity when it comes to meat.
This was another wonderfully simple dish that looked and tasted like it was much more complicated. The steak is simply prepared with cracked black peppercorns and grilled. The sauce is Cognac or brandy and cream, which we were supposed to cook in the same pan as the steak with the fat and “brown bits” left in the pan when the steak is done cooking. Our filet mignons were so lean that they produced no fat or brown bits at all, so our sauce was not quite as darkly coloured as I would have liked (simply for aesthetic reasons) and the sauce was a little thin, but it was very tasty.
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