Steak au Poivre makes me think of Paris and as Audrey Hepburn would say, “Paris is always a good idea”… And so is this dinner!
I was lucky enough to travel to France with my husband a few years ago. We spent time in the Normandy region and in the hub of Paris. He was going for business, I was going for cheese, bread, pastries and delicious French dinners. We had steak au Poivre one evening and it ended up being one of my favorite meals we ate in Paris.
I usually order filet mignon if I’m having a steak… I like the delicate flavor and tenderness. Steak au Poivre is typically a filet and is served at nearly every bistro we ate at. I knew I’d have to have it try it one night. At a small bistro near the Marais arrondissement we drank wine, had Steak au Poivre at a small table outside and watched all of Paris pass before our eyes. Watching the city fly by was incredible, the wine was intoxicating and the steak? Totally delectable. Perfectly cooked and full of flavor. It was one of the best evenings I’ve ever had.
The best part of Steak au Poivre is the crushed peppercorns. It forms a really nice peppery crust on the outside while still having a tender, juicy center. The textures work together beautifully.
Another tasty component that I love is the sauce. It’s rich from the heavy cream, beef stock and cognac. The shallots, fresh thyme and mushrooms add a little something extra that really makes this dinner special. Mushrooms and steak go together perfectly and I’ll eat mushrooms any chance I get!
What’s your favorite French inspired dinner? I’d love to know!