Fillet of beef with mixed peppercorn sauce

Fillet of beef with mixed peppercorn sauce

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Cooking time

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Serves 2

A delicious flash-fried steak with classic creamy sauce- cook to perfection for a special meal for two

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Easily doubled / halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition

kcalories
594
protein
32g
carbs
1g
fat
42g
saturates
21g
fibre
1g
sugar
1g
salt
0.57g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 25g clarified butter (see Know-how, below)
  • 2 fillet steaks (ideally beef matured for 3-5 weeks), about 140g/5oz each, at room temperature
  • knob of butter
  • 2 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 6 medium mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tsp green and pink peppercorns, crushed
  • 3 tbsp brandy
  • 100ml red wine
  • 200ml good-quality beef stock
  • 3 tbsp double cream

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Method

  1. Heat a frying pan over a medium-to-high heat, then pour in the oil and half of the clarified butter. Season the steak with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper and cook to your liking (2 mins each side for medium-rare, 3 mins each side for medium, depending on the thickness of your steaks). Be sure to seal the rounded edges, too. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Add the knob of butter to the pan, then fry the shallots, mushrooms and peppercorns over a medium heat for 5 mins, until the shallots have softened and the mushrooms browned. Return the steaks to the pan. Heat the brandy in a metal ladle, light with a match then carefully pour into the hot pan, standing as far back as you can. Once the pan has stopped flaming, remove the steaks again.
  3. Pour the wine into the pan, turn up the heat and boil rapidly until reduced by half. This will take about 5 mins. Add the stock and reduce again, this time by two-thirds. Stir the cream in to the sauce and allow it to thicken slightly. Check the sauce for seasoning, then return the fillets to the pan to warm through, spooning the sauce over. Serve straight away.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2006

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Blub's picture

Finally after all these years cooked a fillet steak with lovely sauce to perfection but you must follow instructions to the letter!

MealyMum's picture

Absolutely delicious. Made it for hubby and myself for valentines supper last night. Had delicious organic fillet steaks and was concerned I was going to ruin them, but followed this to the letter and they were the best steaks we have ever eaten. Definitely one to repeat. (Served with steamed broccoli and spinach and substituted onion for shallot).

hogiani's picture
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Fantastic taste and fun to cook. Love doing the flambé as well.
TRY IT.....!!

philippa28's picture
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Made this recipe with Angus Fillet Beef, 8 mushrooms, and Mixed Peppercorns. It was my first attempt last night and OH HOW DELICIOUS it WAS! My husband loved ever ounce of it and had two fillets with our oven baked chips and green beans!
A true wholesome meal but only for treat days:)
I will definitely make this again.

wallacewatson's picture
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Didn't have any Brandy (I'm in Bahrain) so substituted Drambuie and introduced some pate, a la Tournedos Rossini - the result was fantastic!

joannelebon's picture
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Utterly amazing.
next time I won't reduce the stock so much as got a bit carried away and didn't have as much sauce as I should.
Stunning though.

maacka's picture
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I didn't have any brandy, so used cognac instead. Also used creme fraiche instead of double cream and the sauce was absolutely amazing!
The flambeeing bit is fun and it definitely adds a touch of "Masterchef" to the dish.
Used normal butter instead of clarified butter, but will definitely try clarified butter next time.
The only thing - my steaks were well overcooked, so next time will only fry them about a minute each side.
DELICIOUS!

dianekeating's picture

Perfect recipe to really showcase the fillet

clomas's picture
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I followed the recipe completely, it was very nice but it had a very strong flavour to it. was this the same for everyone else?

hogiani's picture
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I really can't think of a better sauce than this one to go with fillet steak. It adds beautifully to the taste of the meat without overpowering it. If you do nothing else, try this sauce......!!

eliza59's picture

I cooked this as a special New Years Eve meal for my husband. He loved it. I used sirloin and it worked brilliantly. Fabulous meal, really tasty, I will definitely used it again.

vhazael's picture
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I made this for the first time last night. I thought it looked a bit involved when I read through it but in reality it was pretty simple. I didn't have a metal ladle so I used a saucepan instead, not the safest idea when pouring flammable brandy, so I'll definitely be purchasing one for next time! My boyfriend said it was the best steak and sauce he'd had in his life!!!

ashtic's picture
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This sauce was delicious. I used normal butter and mixed peppercorns and it still tasted fantastic.

bigtim's picture

I never leave comments for anything but actually went to the trouble of registering cos I thought the recipe was so good. Fantastic sauce, probably the best I've had. I cooked it for my wife and did it with cubed potatoes, par boiled, pan fried to brown and then finished in oven, drizzled with olive oil and with garlic and rosemary. I will definitely use this recipe again.

joannesanderson's picture
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This recipe is our favourite; I have to leave out the mushrooms (parky hubby) but it's still fab!

Making it tonight for a celebrations; but it's normally our Saturday evening meal!

Jo - (looking forward to her dinner) :-)

jaynerism's picture

This sauce is fantastic, I used creme fraiche instead of cream and added many more mushrooms to give the sauce more texture. My boyfriend is hooked on it and says it is the best peppercorn sauce he has ever eaten. Yum!

mhr035's picture
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Absolutely fantastic - you will impress all your guests every time. We had boiled baby potatoes with butter, salt and mint leaves and a salad with it.

percivalpott's picture
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Excellent. This is now a firm favourite on repeat servings.

varitek's picture
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Excellent

d2r4u6p8i0s's picture

I know I have already made a comment but I had to add that I made this dish for my brother in law (who swears down he doesn't like mushrooms or pepper) and he loved it!!!

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