Pan-Seared Steak Au Poivre

Serves: 4

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4 small filet mignons, 1-inch thick
1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorn
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup beef broth
1/4 cup cognac (optional)
2 tablespoons butter, cut into 4 pieces


Pat each filet mignon dry with paper towels, then sprinkle each side with the pepper.

Heat a heavy skillet, preferably cast iron, on the stovetop over medium-high heat until a few drops of water dance across the surface.

Add the oil, then the steaks, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary so the oil stays hot but does not smoke.

Turn the steaks and cook until small drops of red juice come to the surface, about 5 minutes for medium. Transfer to a platter and keep warm.

Add the broth to the skillet over high heat and scrape up any browned bits. Pour in the cognac (if desired). Boil 1 to 2 minutes to burn off the alcohol.

Remove the skillet from the heat. Whisk in the butter, one piece at a time, until melted. Pour the sauce over the steaks.


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