In a vegetarian play on steak au poivre, F&W’s Justin Chapple swaps in butternut squash steaks for the beef and serves them with the go-to steakhouse green, sautéed spinach.
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One neck of a 3 1/4-pound butternut squash, peeled and cut lengthwise into 4 steaks
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Coarsely cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, very finely chopped
1 thyme sprig
1/4 cup brandy
1 1/4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
Chopped parsley, for garnish
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 375°. Using a paring knife, score one side of each squash steak in a crosshatch pattern. Brush the steaks with olive oil and season all over with salt and cracked black pepper.
In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons of olive oil until shimmering. Add the squash steaks, scored side down, and cook over moderately high heat until well browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the second side, about 3 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the squash for about 7 minutes, until just tender. Transfer to a platter and tent with foil to keep warm.
In the same skillet, melt the butter. Add the shallot, garlic and thyme and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 2 minutes. Add the brandy and cook until almost evaporated, about 1 minute. Whisk in the broth and paprika and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Discard the thyme sprig. Whisk in the yogurt and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the sauce over the squash steaks, garnish with chopped parsley and serve.
Wine: Earthy Côtes du Rhône.
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