Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Steak Diane Flambé

Well, I love to try new recipes and was excited to try this month's Recipes to Rival challenge. However, my husband and I were party poopers and after one taste tossed it in the garbage... The flavor was not for us. The flavor, coupled with the fact that I could not find the correct cut of beef at my little Italian market.

I was also disappointed that the picture of my flambé did not photograph very well. The picture above is pre-cream and pre-flambé. I am looking forward to next month's challenge!


For the steaks:
(4) 85g beef medallions
1 tsp Dijon mustard
freshly ground salt and pepper

For the sauce:
1 tsp Butter, clarified
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp Shallots, finely chopped
50g button mushrooms, finely sliced
1 tbsp lemon juice
125ml double cream
1 tbsp Chives, snipped
50ml Brandy

1. Rub the medallions of beef with the mustard, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
2. Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat and when hot, add the clarified butter and Worcestershire sauce.
3. Add the shallots and mushrooms, and push to the centre of the pan. Arrange the medallions around the edge. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring and tossing the mushroom mixture as you go. If you prefer your steak well done, give it an extra minute or 2.
4. Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
5. Turn the steaks over and pour in the cream and chives. Tilt the pan slightly (away from you) and pour in the brandy at the far end. Now turn up the heat to high so that the brandy ignites. Swirl the sauce around in the pan and turn off the heat.
6. Put the medallions on 4 plates, pour over the sauce and serve.


  1. I'm sorry to hear you didn't like the taste of this month's challenge. You had a very nice photo though :)

    I wasn't too crazy about the cream sauce, but the mustard rub, we're keeping for future steaks.

  2. Oh man, thats too bad. Maybe you could have made mushroom soup with leftovers.

  3. Even though you didn't enjoy the flavor, wasn't it fun to set your food on fire!

  4. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Next month is just around the corner. I'll betit's more to your liking.

  5. I have had this experiance too, but I always end up learning something even if it is only I don't like capers. Hopefully you will have learned something equally important (like it isn't worth the 20 bucks in the resturant).

  6. Bummer that you didn't like it. We all have different tastes, but isn't that part of the fun of being in R2R!? I'm so glad you tried it.


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