This Steak au poivre is a french dish that consists of sirloin steak, coated with loosely cracked peppercorns and then cooked. The peppercorns form a crust on the steak when cooked and provide a pungent but complementary counterpoint to the rich flavor of the beef which is smothered in a delicious Courvoisier Sauce.
sirloin steaks, well trimmed
cup cracked black pepper
tablespoons olive oil
tablespoons butter, blended with 3 tablespoons olive oil*
medium shallots, peeled and diced
tablespoons ground black pepper
cup Courvoisier cognac
pint beef broth
pint heavy cream
SAUCE: Place the butter blend*, shallots and ground black pepper in a saucepan over moderate heat. Saute until shallots are translucent. Add the cognac to the pan and boil until the sauce is reduced to a glaze. Add the beef broth and simmer until the mixture is reduced by half. Add the cream and simmer, stirring occasionaly until the sauce is slightly thickened and barely coats the back of a spoon. Prepare a roux by melting the 2 tablespoons butter in a separate saucepan. Stir in the 2 tablespoons flour until the mixture forms a thick paste. Place the roux in a mixing bowl, add 1/4 cup of the hot sauce and whisk until it forms a paste. Add the paste to the hot sauce and whisk thoroughly to remove any lumps. Bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste to make sure no flour taste remains. DO NOT ADD MORE ROUX OR FLOUR. If necessary, continue to simmer until the sauce is reduced to the desired consistency. STEAKS: Dredge the steaks in the cracked peppercorns, coating both sides. In a large skillet over medium high heat, add oil to lightly coat the bottom. Sear the meat on both sides to the desired doneness. Serve immediately and pour desired amount of sauce over each steak.