TWO STEAK SAUCES. 1 FOR SCOTTY AND 1 FOR MARK
“Green peppercorns, cream and gravy mix… that’s pepper sauce isn’t it?” is what I would probably say if I was head chef at the local RSL or servo tuckshop and someone had asked me how to make peppercorn sauce for steak. I would also be able to tell you six different recipes for cooking swamp rat and serve you fries seasoned with cigarette ash. Fortunately for my own state of mind (perfectly normal) and the reputation of my family, I am not such a man, so I shall answer the question thus…
“Mark”, I would say, “to make a pepper sauce first cook the steak to your liking in a pan. Remove your steak from said pan and rest it in a warm spot while you make the sauce. On a medium heat add peppercorns and onion to the pan that you cooked the steak in (this way you get all of the nice caramelised bits of steaky goodness from the pan. It’s all about the mad flavour!). Cook out for a minute and the deglaze with brandy and get all of the good bits off the bottom of the pan. Add beef stock and reduce until starting to thicken. Add cream and reduce to desired consistency. Season with sea salt and there you have it my good man. Pepper sauce!”
The actual ingredients list
1 heaped tablespoon green peppercorns in brine
1 heaped tablespoon whole black peppercorns (don’t do this with ground pepper because that’s just going to be shit), crushed in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder or with a rock in your backyard, still with a bit of texture to them
1 eshallot or ¼ red onion, brunoise
a good splash of brandy (or red wine if you drank all the brandy last night)
1 cup beef stock (if you’re not going to make your own get a good one from the supermarket. No, not a stock cube. Beef stock!)
1 cup cream
This one is for my good friend Scotty. I will go on record as saying Scotty is the nicest guy I know… even though, on our last encounter, he stated to me that he does not like to have any condiment whatsoever with his steak. So I made some chimmichurri sauce anyhow because I love it and the garden was rife with oregano. Which is basically the garden insisting that I make chimmichurri.
Scotty tried it and of course he loves it because it just tastes so damn good! And now he can make it for himself to eat when he is hiding in his room far, far away from the world he told he doesn’t do condiments with steak!
If you click on the link below it will take you to the recipe for chimmichurri…