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Steak with Brandy and Mustard Sauce Recipe

Source: – Posted by Wini Moranville, Special Contributor

This classic French dish reminds me of something one might have ordered in the sort of elegant, old-school French restaurant of generations past. Consider it retro-romantic, but like many great French French - Steak with Brandy and Mustardclassics, it is so worth revisiting. While I don’t see a lot of Worcestershire in France, their grocery stores do stock it, and I’ve found that this touch adds much depth to the sauce.

Four 6-ounce, 1-inch-thick top loin or tenderloin steaks
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup finely chopped shallot
1/2 cup low-sodium beef broth
1/2 cup brandy
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves

Season both sides of the steaks with salt and pepper, to taste. In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and cook, turning as needed, to the desired doneness (10-12 minutes for medium-rare).

Reduce heat as necessary if the meat browns too quickly. Transfer the steaks to a platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Add the shallot to the skillet and sauté briefly until translucent. Remove the pan from heat and add the broth and brandy, taking care not to let the liquid splatter.

Return the pan to the stove and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring with a whisk to loosen any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Boil until the liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup, about 2-3 minutes depending on the stove and the pan size.

Whisk in the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Then, whisk in the remaining butter. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the steaks on 4 dinner plates, spoon the sauce over the steaks, top with the parsley, and serve.

Recipe Details
Adapted from “The Bonne Femme Cookbook” by Wini Moranville (The Harvard Common Press, 2011)

Servings: 4
Cuisine: French


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Welcome to La Rochelle, West France



La Rochelle (French pronunciation: ​[la ʁɔ.ʃɛl]) is a city in western France and a seaport on the Bay of Biscay, a part of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the capital of the Charente-Maritime department.

The city is connected to the Île de Ré by a 2.9 km (1.8 mi) bridge completed on 19 May 1988. Its harbour opens into a protected strait, the Pertuis d’Antioche.

You can read more about La Rochelle here:

And here are more shots I took during my last visit August 2012.  Enjoy!

IMG_1495Vendors of wine in the Square


Anchor on display






IMG_1497An artist along the street 🙂IMG_1496


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