Steak Au Poivre - Love At First bite for your Valentine!

Step-by-step Steak Au Poivre

Steak Au Poivre - Love At First bite for your Valentine!

I love dining out: the elegant surroundings, courteous servers and of course, no dish duty. The thing is it’s cold — really cold! — here in Ohio and the thought of venturing out into the frigid, dark night on Valentine’s Day has me shivering in my wool sweater. So I thought this year we could try something different. Let’s stay in, stay warm and dine in the comfort of home. “Will it be special enough for my Valentine?” Yes, I think so. If I can find the right recipe for a knock-his-socks off homemade feast.

Steak Au Poivre seems to be a winner for dinner but a test run is in order. Follow along as I make it. Practice makes perfect, you know! Click for Steak Au Poivre recipe.

Making Steak Au Poivre for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Gather ingredients. It’s a lot easier to prep before you start cooking than it is to hit pause later in the process. I learned this the hard way while making a particularly disastrous pan of gravy, but that’s another story. For this recipe I diced the shallot, cut the butter and pre-measured wet and dry ingredients before heating the pan.

Make strip steaks with pepper in a cast iron skillet.

Step 2: Heat oil and a tablespoon of butter in a pan over medium high heat (I used a cast iron skillet). Crack peppercorns with the back of a skillet (or use pre-crushed peppercorns). Cut the 16-oz. strip steak in half. Press cracked pepper firmly into both sides of each steak and then season with salt. When butter begins to foam, place steaks in the pan and press down firmly so they get a nice brown crust. Lower the heat to medium and sear 5 minutes on each side. Be sure they’re cooked to perfection and double check degrees of doneness with a meat thermometer.

Steak Au Poivre

Transfer cooked steaks to a clean plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

Steak Au Poivre sauce

Step 3: Add shallots to the pan. Lift the pan away from the stove to add the brandy (no need to lose your eyebrows), then return the skillet to the stove and medium-high heat.

Mustard shallot sauce for Steak Au Poivre

Step 4: Cook a minute until the brandy thickens. Add the beef stock and bring the sauce back to a boil. Simmer until thickened to a sauce consistency. Whisk in the Dijon mustard, sour cream and cold butter. Add more salt if needed and remove from heat.

Certified Angus Beef Steak Au Poivre

Step 4: Spoon the sauce onto plates (use your best China for Valentine’s Day!). Place your juicy, peppery steak on top. Serve with a few of your favorite sides. I’m thinking maybe creamy garlic mashed potatoes and several asparagus spears. I’ll have champagne chilling, too! Enjoy.

Steak Au Poivre for Two

Celebrate love at first bite with us as we journey to an exquisitely tasty Valentine’s Day! Step inside the best restaurants in the country. Sharpen your chef knife and prepare an amazing meal at home. We’ll show you how. Whether your sweetheart prefers fine dining or homemade extravagance, you can make it a Valentine’s Day to remember with these cooking tips and dining suggestions.

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Jennifer Kiko

Jennifer lives on a rural route with her husband, kids, horses, cows and faithful Labs, Cash and Carter. She's an aspiring foodie and enjoys making good food for great friends. She lives next door to a winery, plays the piano, and admits to growing too many tomatoes.

2 thoughts on “Step-by-step Steak Au Poivre”

  1. This looks amazing Jen! Would I like it if I am not a huge fan of peppercorn? Does searing the meat mellow out the huge peppery taste? Inquiring minds want to know.

    1. Steak Au Poivre (pepper steak) is delightfully peppery, but probably not a wise choice for someone who dislikes peppercorn. Never fear! Join us on each Thursday until Valentine”s Day for romantic steak dinner ideas you can make at home — including Porterhouse for two, a mouthwatering ribeye recipe and surf & turf (without peppercorns!) 🙂

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