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S E A R E D S T E A K W I T H C A R A M E L I Z E D S H A L L O T S

Serves 4 as a main course

  • 1 tsp. whole green peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. whole pink peppercorns
  • 4 juniper berries
  • 1 1 1/2 to 2 pound porterhouse steak, 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 12 large shallots, peeled
  • 3 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 baking potatoes, peeled and cut into 2x1x 1/4-inch rectangles
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef broth, homemade, or low sodium canned broth


P R E P A R A T I O N:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Combine the green, black, and pink peppercorns
and the juniper berries in a spice mill or coffee grinder.
Grind until smooth. Dust the steak
with the spice mixture. Refrigerate.


Brush the shallots with 1 teaspoon of the oil. Place them in a small
roasting pan. Set aside. Using a sharp paring knife, shape the potatoes
into rounded ovals. Brush with 1 teaspoon of the oil and add to the shallots.
Roast until shallots and potatoes are tender and golden,
about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Set aside.


Heat the remaining vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet
over medium heat until hot. Add the steak and cook until medium rare,
about 5 to 10 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and set aside
for 15 minutes. Pour the wine into the pan and bring to a boil over medium high
heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup.
Add the broth and continue simmering until reduced to 1 cup.
Pour through a fine mesh sieve. Set aside.


Cut the steak into thin slices. Spoon some shallots and roasted potatoes
in the center of each of 4 plates. Drape slices of meat over the vegetables.
Drizzle with 1/4 cup of the sauce. Serve immediately.


Recipe from A Well Seasoned Appetite.
Reproduced by permission from Viking .
Copyright © 1995 by Molly O'Neill

 

Published: 1997

 
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