French Friday's with Dorie is taking on steak this week. This is my first ever steak too! Dorie specifies using Sarawak pepper and filet mignon. Sorry, Dorie. I used the bulk peppercorns and the much much cheaper sirloin.
Wow, steak is pretty darn easy! I must admit that I was totally intimidated. Remember, until last year I didn't really even know how to cook chicken.
I cooked the steaks and then there was the big decision to make. Do I flame the brandy or just cook it down? I decided to go for it and flame it. My husband was at the ready with the fire extinguisher. There was a HUGE flame and then high flames off the pan for quite awhile. I didn't panic but it did take me by surprise how intense the initial flaming was. My husband was teasing me that I almost burned down the house. I'm not sure I need to relive flaming brandy anytime soon, but it was a fun experience to have had.
The resulting steak and sauce was delicious. We don't eat much beef at our house, but I do still like steak and for my first steaks I did a pretty good job. Perhaps slightly overdone only. The peppercorns were great! I was afraid it would be too overpowering with pepper, but it wasn't. And, the sauce was the perfect compliment. A huge hit for dinner for sure!