This famous French recipe (Steak au Poivre) for steak in black pepper sauce, is basically a recipe for a simple grilled or fried tender steak in an easy Black Pepper sauce.
This recipe is similar to my Steak Diane recipe, but still very different in taste. Sometimes the only steak sauce you need to go with steak, is a black pepper sauce.
This simple black pepper sauce recipe reminds me very much of one of my yearly golfing trips to Belgium. I used to go every year with a big group of friends and we would play some of the super Belgian golf courses.
These weekends always resulted in a fair amount of serious drinking and eating.
One year, when playing de Rougemont, we ended up near Dinant in a small hotel with a slightly weird hotel owner.
He was not very friendly, but when we asked him to whip us up some steaks for supper, he suddenly became a bit more enthusiastic and disappeared into the kitchen.
Then the owner came back with some delicious steaks with the most wonderful black pepper sauce, which tasted just like the one in this black pepper sauce recipe. He also did a very good blue cheese sauce for steaks which we enjoyed on another evening.
Belgian steaks are really very tasty, as is most of the food there, of course, thanks to their French gastronomic connections.
The fun part of this recipe is the flambé bit when the alcohol in the sauce gets burned off.
You can see in this picture what happens when you go a bit too mad with the Brandy 😃! So be careful!
This is, of course, a bit of a waste really. Better to drink it 😃!
That weekend in Belgium the hotel owners ended up leaving us the key to the bar, which, of course, we had emptied out by morning. Not many straight drives off the tee that morning!
Which is the best steak to use?
I have again used Sirloin steaks in this recipe, but I suppose this can also be served together with a nice piece of tender rump, fillet or rib-eye steak.
If you are in the USA, why not try some of the delicious steaks from Snake River Farms by clicking on this link below?
According to Wikipedia, steak au poivre is traditionally made with filet mignon, but really you can make this with whatever tender steak cut you like.
I hope you enjoy trying out this recipe. If you do, please let me know how you get on in the comments section below.
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