When making steak au poivre, Maria Guarnaschelli always stirs a few capers into the sauce, an addition her daughter did not appreciate as a girl. Today, however, Alexandra's steak au poivre—with capers—is a favorite at Nick & Stef's Steakhouse.
Amazing Steak Recipes
2 tablespoons black peppercorns, coarsely crushed
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 rib-eye steaks, cut 1 3/4 inches thick
1/4 cup dry red wine
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
1 teaspoon brined green peppercorns, drained
1 teaspoon capers in 1 teaspoon of their brine
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
How to Make It
In a small bowl, combine the black peppercorns with the garlic, cumin and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Rub this mixture all over the steaks and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours.
In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering. Season the steaks with salt, add them to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until browned, about 4 minutes per side for medium rare. Transfer the steaks to a warmed platter and season again with salt.
Discard the fat in the skillet. Add the wine and simmer over low heat until reduced to a syrup, about 2 minutes. Add the mustard, green peppercorns and capers in brine and stir once or twice. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the butter. Return the steaks to the skillet and turn to glaze with the sauce. Transfer the steaks to plates, sprinkle with the parsley and serve.
A big, fruity, peppery Washington State Syrah will stand up to the steak's intense spice rub.
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