2011/04/28

Late Bloomer (Bistrot Paul Bert Pepper Steak)


Steak crusted in peppercorns.  It was such a strange concept to me when I was first introduced to it. 



The taste buds belonging to my younger self did not appreciate the depth of flavor borne by the crushed peppercorns.  But that was probably because my younger self probably had no idea that pepper could come in any other form than black ground pepper in a tin. 



But, I have always loved me a good steak (except for those couple of vegetarian years during college...  I think my parents were relieved when I found my way back to the carnivore world)


Then one day, my eyes were opened.  I can remember it clearly.  The Dude and I were up in Lake Placid (probably for a hockey game at the Olympic Rink) when we stumbled into a steak house for a late night dinner. 

Somehow, between The Dude and the server, I was talked into ordering the "steak au poivre" - even though I was pretty convinced that this was the perfect way to ruin a perfect piece of steak.  But I am such a good sport...


...and I was so wrong.  Ouch.  I said it.  I was wrong.  Crushed peppercorns and cream sauce do not ruin a steak.  It creates a thing of beauty.  The sum is greater than the whole.  Sighs. 

And when I can recreate such a dish at home - come to momma!


This post participates in French Fridays with Dorie - come check out the other FFwDers steakbouse creations...

28 comments:

  1. Come to momma, indeed! Those pepper steaks look deliciously juicy and I like that you sprinkled some green and red stuff on them too:-).

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  2. Love that steaks in the pan shot! You rock sista!

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  3. Love the shot of the cast iron pan...it seems to be floating above the flame...super cool! So glad you took a chance, oh so many years ago. Hey, I was a vegetarian too (for fourteen long, meatless, baconless years). I have made up for it in spades!!

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  4. Looks perfect. Nice photos and delicious looking steak.

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  5. Delicious looking! Love the different colored peppercorns! :)

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  6. Not my typical way of preparing steak, but I loved it! Looking at your pictures makes me want to make another!

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  7. It was a strange concept to me as well, but your steaks (and peppercorns) look great!

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  8. You sure do like your steak rare! Is that officially bleu? Looks good.

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  9. I need to get a cast iron skillet like yours! Mine is way too shallow/low sides and the splatter and subsequent cleanup took away from my enjoyment of this awesome dish.

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  10. I like how in touch you are with your inner child! Lol!
    Your steak looks great! luv the green on top.

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  11. I love all the colors on your steak! It looks fantastic! So glad you enjoyed it!

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  12. Cute post and story! Beautiful "blue" filet!

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  13. Your steak looks fantastic. I usually prefer my steaks sauce-less with the exception of a bearnaise and now this one.

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  14. These dishes are called 'classics' for a reason! I'm so glad you are enjoying steak! Its a real treat! Love the shot of the half eaten steak!

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  15. This recipe really was a winner - yours look perfectly cooked!

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  16. LOL! "Come to mama!" I love that ~ and your story. Delicious looking steak too!!!

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  17. Man, you mean business with that mallet!! Looks delish! Great job!!

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  18. I really enjoyed this dish too! Your pictures are great…glad you enjoyed your steak!! Looks perfect!!

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  19. Heehee...you are a good sport! Pepper + rare steak = heaven!

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  20. Oh Yes, that steak looks perfectly cooked to me, I wish I was holding on to that fork, just try and take it away from me! I remember not eating meat for a year. I think it was a taco with hamburger meat that turned me back to the carnivore world;-)

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  21. Oh man your steak turned out amazing and you really captured it with those great photos. Loved the story of trying the peppers. I am a pepper fan but hubby is not, so I was a bit concerned...but he could not eat it fast enough and was raving about how the cream offset the pepper (or something like that...with a mouthfull). We are going to have to make this again for Nana :) It is a keeper.

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  22. OK...now that I have a little time I came back to your site so I could read your pretzel post...and I'm glad I did...loved it. We lived in Upstate NY for 7 or 8 years...Watertown for 2 and Syracuse for the balance. And Hubby grew up in York, PA...so the places you write about have great interest for me. And...just this morning I was reading the KA sourdough pretzel post and thought I'd give it a try...and now that I've seen yours, I am all the more excited. Your post brings back lots of memories...all good.

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  23. That last photo is beautiful, Cher! Your steak looks so juicy and delicious.

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  24. Fabulous photos, Cher. My partner isn't thrilled by pepper, so I was thrilled by how much he loved this steak. It really is a restaurant dish brought home.

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  25. The mallet was a great idea! I bet it felt good too. I love the background photo on your blog of all the veggies. Makes me want to buy fresh veggies!

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  26. This really looks wonderful. That photo is something else. I new to your blog and have spent some time exploring and browsing through your earlier posts. I really like the food and recipes you feature for your readers. I've really enjoyed the time I've spent here and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  27. This steak looks delicious. Great photo, too!

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  28. Perfect pepper steak-love the assorted peppercorns you used. I, too, thought the cognac cream sauce and peppercorns were wonderful together, I even dipped my les frites in the leftover cream sauce-heavenly!

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