4/13/09

steak diane

copyright 2009 dawn finicane

One of my favorite ways to eat a good steak is either a steak diane or steak bearnaise. Those two sauces are some of the best around, but they have to be made from scratch; that dry stuff in the packets or in the jars, no no! I love going to French restaurants, authentic French restaurants mind you, that make the sauce from scratch; and in some places right in front of you. These are the same places that have no qualms when I ask them for extra sauce, on the side--s'il vous plaît! I am a true sauce junkie. If the sauce is good and is full of flavor then I want more, I want it on the side or I want it slathered on my plate: depending on the meal. I love bearnaise sauce so much that I will put on sunday morning poached eggs. And yes, I have used it on a veggie burger and it was fabulous. I've also used it on hummus rollups.
Are there any other sauce junkies out there? What is your favorite or favorites?

Steak Diane (I have no idea who the original owner of this recipe came from)

2 (6 oz) Filet Mignons (I used sirloin steak this time, worked fine)
1/8 ts salt
1/8 ts freshly ground pepper
2 TB butter
3 ts Dijon mustard
2 TB Shallots, minced
2 TB Butter
2 TB Lemon juice
1 TB Worcestershire sauce
1 TB Fresh chives, minced
3-4 ts Cognac (use the good stuff)
1 TB Fresh parsley, minced

Season both sides of steak with salt and pepper.
Melt 2 TB butter in a heavy skillet; add steaks and cook approximately 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare; about 2 minutes longer per side for medium.
Remove steaks to serving plate and keep warm.
Add into pan drippings, mustard and shallots. Sauté over medium heat 1 minute.
Then 2 TB butter, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and chives.
Cook for 2 minutes. Add brandy; pour sauce over steaks.
Sprinkle parsley over the top.
Serves 2.

Serve with thin crispy french fries--a must!

54 comments:

  1. I'm a sauce junkie too, and this looks delish. I had steak on Sat night and it was so dry and sauce-less. Blech! Next time I'm just coming to Chez Dawn. :)

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  2. As a said to you on Facebook...

    I see SWEET POTATO FRIES!!!!!! :-D

    I love sauces - I smother everything.

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  3. Steak Diane is my idea of a perfect steak. Yours looks like heaven and is making me drool here at breakfast time. I really need to make some sweet potato fries. I think I might even get my son to try those. Gorgeous photos, Dawn.

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  4. A steak to me is not complete unless it has a nice simple pan sauce that compliments the flavors and takes great use of the stuck bits. Unfortunately no jar sauce is ever going to duplicate that wonderful taste.

    Nicely done!

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  5. i just sent my husband this link telling him i want to make it! those fries look so yummy too!

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  6. Wow- looks great! Was this your easter meal? This beats the heck out of ham!

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  7. Looking GOOD!!!

    Happy Easter - Buona Pasqua!!!

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  8. I hope you enjoyed your Easter Dawn, it was such a nice day!

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  9. This meal was DEVINE!!! I miss my steak!! This is one of my top meals..Great..now I"m thinking about that shrimp dish..tiki is looking at me, and he remembers it too!! In fact the whole time I at it, he sat on his perch and looked at me...LOL But seriously, your steak is tremendous!!!

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  10. Oh yeah, this looks awesome. I honestly couldn't tell you my favorite sauce, but I am really in love with salsas. I could put them on everything, lol.

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  11. Mmmm, that looks wicked good. I haven't had steak diane in ages. I don't think I could pick a favorite sauce, too many are too good.

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  12. MMMMMM...I love steak Diane! I raraly eat beef but i love this sauce!! I combine this sauce with pork instead!

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  13. I don't do steak but I will eat a plate full of those fries! YUM!
    I am a saucy girl on occasions:)

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  14. Oooo...I'm always up for a good steak. And with sweet potato fires. I'l give this a triple yum!!! One for each steak and the fries.

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  15. See? That's what I mean. I want to reach into the computer screen and eat this!

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  16. Oh that looks like it should be on my table now! I think we are having cereal tonight.......

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  17. Thought you should know that I was catching up on my blog reading and I bookmarked every one of the last four recipes you posted... and I'm thinking about making this one this weekend! I love steak in general, but the picture really did it for me this time.

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  18. Can I please come live with you? This is my favorite steak - EVER!

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  19. I'll have some steak dawn please....

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  20. Can't help but drool! It looks sooo good!

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  21. I am a sauce freak. If I cook some sort of meat in a pan I will always make some sort of sauce from the pan junk! I love ANY sauce. The more fat the better

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  22. This looks wonderful - I love sauces and they are not allowed be come from powder. Love Steak Diane.. tired of chocolate Easter eggs and jellybeans...

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  23. Sauces can make or break a meal. I love them! And I love your steak diane!! My mouth is watering like mad, and sweet potato fries-yum!!

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  24. It's the Worcestershire and Cognac that do it for me...each & every time.

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  25. I like sauce but it depends. I've not had either of the two you mentioned. Most likely because I'm not a steak eater. Ask me about salad dressing....I'm your gal.

    I've taken note of your recipe as the rest of my family are steak eaters and the saucier the better!
    ~ingrid

    btw, thanks for visiting my blog!

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  26. I really love sauce on everything - even things that don't really need sauce. I think this is the only way I truly enjoy steak...with loads of sauce!

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  27. I love sauces and all kinds of condiments!

    This looks wonderful.

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  28. Absolutely gorgeous. I am saving this for my next filet mignon purchase..

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  29. Oh no... Now it's going to appear like the only sauce I can recognize is tomato ketchup :P Here we're not too familiar with French saucier traditions, so I can't really remember them. Plus, dairy not so huge. BUT the steak looks awesome, and I would mop all that sauce up in a heartbeat!

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  30. Steak Diane is one of my absolute favorites! This is beautiful, just beautiful.

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  31. ooh dawn - may i add you to my blogroll? your blog is incredible - it's so pretty, just like you and your name! :)

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  32. What a great meal! I love steak diane also and love all kinds of sauces too! Bearnaise is definitely one of my favorites!

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  33. I am a sauce junkie, a sauce with goat cheese and chives floats my boat as does this steak diane of yours!

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  34. We just made this as our Recipes to Rival challenge & it was so good

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  35. so...who's diane and why does she get this awesome dish named after her???

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  36. This looks delicious Dawn. I don't think I have ever had Steak Diane and I am not even sure I have had Bernaise sauce....but I would love to try them sometime! I am a sauce junkie. I love tomato sauce. I can eat it plain right out of a bowl, and anything involving vinegar, I can pretty much drink.

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  37. Oh that looks so good. I would love to make that sauce. Thanks for the recipe!

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  38. oh wow, this looks amazing. i too love all sauces (my husband doesn't like a lot of sauce, so there's always extras for me!)

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  39. Looks amazing - now I'm craving steak!!

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  40. We're looking for a good way to cook a steak. Thanks for this!

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  41. This steak looks outstanding and the sauce seems so simple to make. Can't wait to try it myself. And you paired the steak with my FAV - Sweet Potato Fries - YUM

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  42. how did you get that deep red color on the fries. They look better than the steak ;)

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  43. I totally agree with Maryann, your photos are terrific.Get me a fork, knife, and a napkin and I'm ready to go!

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  44. Oh I was going to say..Forget steak Diane, this is steak Dawn!!

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  45. Wow, that is some good looking steak. And do I see sweet potato fries? Love them.

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  46. This looks delicious! I've been making my own steak sauce lately, using a Bobby Flay recipe. It's actually quite easy, and so much better than store bought.

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  47. Oh this looks heavenly... and those fries in the back are perfect with this!

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  48. That sauce sounds so tasty! And look, it's sweet potato fries! My favorite!

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  49. Okay, so, you have to understand that I don't really care about meat. I eat it; I like it okay, but I can take it or leave it. Then, we get to steak diane. And that's where my apathy starts to waiver. I ADORE steak diane. There's something about that mustardy sauce and the melty, tender steak that just totally floats my boat. Delicious!

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  50. Yes, sauce is what it's all about, and that powder in a packet isn't sauce, no matter what you add to it.

    My favorite is a steak bearnaise, with matchstick frites:

    http://fotocuisine.com/2008/05/12/filet-bearnaise-with-matchstick-frites/

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  51. I just found your blog through foodporn and I think I'm in love ;0) (im going to the store today to get the ingred. for your choc pb cake...OMG!!!!) I am a sauce junkie too!!! Ive even thought of going to culinary school so I could be a saucier(is that what their called?)My fav is hollandaise w/cold roasted asparagus...YUM :0)

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  52. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delish! Thanks for sharing. =o)

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