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Steak au Poivre

 Steak au Poivre
Here is an elegant entree that can be prepared in under 30 minutes! Tender meat and a great peppery flavor is accompanied by a rich cream sauce and fresh shiitake mushrooms.
4 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 beef tenderloin steaks (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • Sprinkle steaks with pepper and salt. In a large skillet over medium
  • heat, cook steaks in 1 tablespoon oil for 4-5 minutes on each side
  • or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a
  • thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done,
  • 170°). Remove and keep warm.
  • In the same skillet, saute mushroom in remaining oil. Add thyme; cook
  • 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat. Add brandy; cook over medium
  • heat until liquid is evaporated. Stir in cream. Serve with steaks.
  • Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 steak with 1/4 cup mushrooms equals 342 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 85 mg cholesterol, 298 mg sodium, 3 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 38 g protein.

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Wine: Full-Bodied Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.