This gourmet steak au poivre with potatoes au gratin will make you feel so good inside. We're approaching Valentine's Day so I thought a special dinner for two would be appropriate for all you love birds out there. Steak is expensive to order at any restaurant so I'm here to save you a ton of money. I bought two filet mignon steaks for about $14. Two steaks!! That is $7 per steak. As you can see I'm very good at math. At a restaurant you will pay $25-30 per steak. So let me make this easy for you: steak au poivre with potatoes au gratin is what you will be serving your honey for Valentine's Day.
What is Steak Au Poivre?
In short, steak au poivre is a cracked pepper encrusted filet mignon served with a cognac cream sauce. It's best to use fresh whole peppercorns and grind them with a mortar & pestle if you have it. If not, you can put the peppercorns in a plastic bag and pound with a mallet or pan to grind them. They should be coarse and will be used to create a crust on the top of your steaks.
The Best Steak au Poivre I Ever Had Was in Brooklyn
I used to visit a friend in Brooklyn and she suggested we have dinner at little bistro called Quercy. She mentioned they had really good steak au poivre and we should get that. I was totally into it. The restaurant was tiny with a sweet blue and white checkered floor and swooping burgundy drapes at the entrance, like you're entering a theatre. I loved that detail.
We both ordered the steak au poivre and you could choose your side and one of the side options was potatoes au gratin. It's very rare to find a restaurant that serves potatoes au gratin so this was very exciting for me, since... I was going to say since potatoes are my favorite food, then decided against it, then decided yes, I should say this one more time. I love potatoes and if you visit my website frequently, (which of course you do) I mention this every chance I get. I'm obsessed with potatoes and it's my desert island food. Were I to be trapped on an island with only one food I could eat forever, it would be potatoes.
The Quercy steak au poivre with potatoes au gratin was cooked to perfection and the potatoes were addicting. Every time. Totally consistent. The peppery crust on top, just enough cracked pepper in the sauce. There was never a morsel of food left behind. This became our regular place when I came to visit. And I know, there is an amazing sauce with the steak, and the potatoes au gratin has a cheesy saucy thing going on too. Is that too much sauce? No. The two sauces meet in the middle of the plate, become best friends and do a little dance together.
The Perfect Meat and Potatoes Dish for Valentine's Day
Even though there is a mildly fancy sauce, this meal is not hard to make and it won't break the bank. Going out to dinner is going to cost you, for the steak dinner alone, a good $30 per person. Apart from the $14 it cost for TWO filet mignon steaks, the only other slightly pricey ingredient is the cognac which will be about $8-12. The other costs are incidental: a few potatoes, onion, garlic, peppercorns, butter, potatoes and cheese.
How to Make Potatoes Au Gratin
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Happy Valentine's Day to Everyone No Matter What Your Relationship Status is
This is a day for love. All kinds of love. You might be with your partner, your BFFs or your family. It doesn't really matter. But if you can spend the day with people you care the most about it will be a great day. Even better if you can make homemade food and simply enjoy the evening. I encourage all of you to get into your kitchens and try something new. Preparing meals and gathering around a table is an important part of the human experience. It gives us a chance to talk and engage and share our lives. And especially on Valentine's Day - share our love. 💕
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