Friday, April 29, 2011

FFWD Bistrot Paul Bert Pepper Steaks

Our very yummy dinner!!

After eating leftover ham since Easter, it was really wonderful to eat such a scrumptious steak dinner last night. However, I shy away from fried foods, so there was no way I was making french fries. I decided instead to serve a "Buttered Fan Potato". These potatoes are really delicious.  My potatoes were on the small side so I made four. First you peel them and make crossways cuts about 3/8 inch apart. Heat 1 inch salted water to boiling, add potatoes, cover and boil 10 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt, panko crumbs and paprika. Place in a 350° degree oven and bake till tender and golden, about 1 hour. I timed these so that they were just finishing up when I started my steaks. I went a little lighter on the cracked pepper then Dorie suggested. My husband is not a fan of spicy.  As soon as the pan was sizzling I put the steaks in and timed them for 3 minutes. Such a great steak should be eaten rare! When the second side finished cooking, things were moving quite well, until I forgot to let the pan cool and I evaporated a 1/4 cup of brandy instantly! Then I remembered….Oh yea.."Let the pan cool before you add the brandy." To flame or not to flame that was the question? I decided to flame…this was a first time for me. I was a bit apprehensive but I really wanted to give it a try.  And flame it did…wooo!! Good thing Dorie wrote, "light the brandy and step back"! I could have easily singed my eyebrows. After adding the cream, the sauce came together quite well.  This was a pretty easy meal to prepare and was absolutely delectable!! I know I will make this again but I will wait till my grocery store has fillet mignon on sale!! As I say each friday…this recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook "Around My French Table".  I just bought this book for my son's birthday and he loves it!!

Buttered Fan Potatoes

Beautiful fillet mignon with cracked pepper

1/2 cup cream, 1/4 cup brandy ready to make sauce

Steaks in fry pan, ready to be plated.
The Brandy Flambéed!!

17 comments:

  1. What a dramatic picture of the flaming sauce! I wimped out and let it evaporate because the sides of my cast iron skillet are too short. I might become a fan of the fanned potatoes!

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  2. Hi, Kathy! No, I didn't make my own fig spread for the batons...but I did use olives imported from Lebanon for the olive spread I made!!! I love your "fiery" picture. You are brave and I'm intrigued by your potatoes.

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  3. Looks great, Kathy! I love your potato recipe, too - I'm going to try it. I love the shot of the flames!

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  4. Great picture of the flaming brandy,wow;-)
    I love this recipe. Your plate looks so good with the asparagus and potatoes, makes me wish I was having it again tonight for dinner;-)

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  5. Great last photo!!!! I hear ya on the ham...and your potato looks as fabulous as your wonderful steak. I see I have a few more years of wedded bliss to catch up with you and your hubby ;)

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  6. Kathy, glad to hear your eyebrows are still intact because that flame looked amazing...wow! I like the idea of buttered fan potatoes and would like to try making them someday. I also think it's great that your son now has his own copy of Dorie's book and hope he'll join our cooking group soon!

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  7. What a great flame snapshot! Jealous! And, thanks for including that potato recipe!

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  8. Hi Kathy, Amazing flame photo. I wish I had that much drama when I ignited mine. Your fan potatoes look delicious. I hope to try them myself. Do you use a baking potato or all-purpose (more waxy) potatoes?

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  9. Wow! What a flame! It is such a good thing that you stepped back! Your potatoes look so pretty and is a great alternative to french fries. I will have to try those - thanks for sharing your recipe. Your steaks and your entire dinner look fabulous.

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  10. Oooooh. Love the flambe. And thanks for sharing the potatoes. I have never seen this treatment before. Pretty cool.

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  11. You did such a nice job with this challenge. I'm new to your blog, so I've spent some time exploring and browsing through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature for your readers. I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings..Mary

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  12. Love the flame photo! I was not brave enough to flame it myself, but cooking down the cognac worked really well. I like the sound of your potato recipe, thanks for sharing it. We really loved this steak, too.

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  13. Hi Kathy, your photos are impressive! The meat looks amazing and can't wait to try the potato recipe, looks delicious!

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  14. Love your flame photo! I am very impressed!
    Your photos look fantastic and I want to try those potatoes! I think the kids will love them.

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  15. The steak looks soo delicious, and so do the potatoes! Love the flambee :D thanks for sharing!

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  16. Your dinner looks scrumptious and that last photo is impressive :)

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  17. Your dinner looks wonderful, especially those potatoes!

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