Beef with peppercorn sauce & sauté potatoes

Beef with peppercorn sauce & sauté potatoes

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 2
This simple treat for two takes just five minutes to prepare

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal684
  • fat45g
  • saturates18g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre2g
  • protein45g
  • salt0.58g
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  • 3 medium potatoes, diced



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
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  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • few rosemary needles, chopped



    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 2 thin sirloin or ribeye steaks
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 200ml beef stock
  • 3 tbsp extra-thick double cream
  • green beans, to serve


  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the potatoes with half the oil, the garlic, rosemary and some seasoning. Arrange in a single layer on a baking tray and cook for 45 mins, turning halfway through, until golden and crisp.

  2. About 10 mins before the potatoes are done, heat the remaining oil in a large pan on a high heat. Season the steak with salt and lots of black pepper and cook for 2-3 mins each side. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil to rest while you make the sauce.

  3. Tip in the vinegar and bubble for a few seconds, then pour in the stock. Reduce by half, then add the cream, some salt if needed, and lots of black pepper. Cook for 1-2 mins until thick and creamy. Serve the steaks in chunky slices topped with sauce along with the potatoes, with some green beans, if you like.

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susiedawnjones's picture
12th Dec, 2012
This is just so easy to do and very impressive! It looks like a lot of hard work has gone into it when it really hasn't! Will definitely be making this again - thanks for all the tips about the peppercorns!
22nd Jun, 2012
made this for a dinner party.....the sauce was fab...have to say that everyone commented on how nice it was and that it tasted so much better than a shop bought one!!!! I did follow other peoples suggestions, and made sure that I added a good helping of peppercorns....i didnt have any red wine vinegar or red wine, so made it without, and it tasted fine...really enjoyed it..will definitly make this again.
14th Feb, 2012
Great peppercorn sauce, I made it in advance - I followed the recipe and I added a heaped tsp of peppercorns which I'd bashed in a pestle and mortar (thanks for the tip Belkey!) - wonderful - will definitely be doing this recipe again!
27th Nov, 2011
I did this as a treat, but used fillet steak - It was dead easy & quick to do and very tasty! My husband loved it, so we will definitely be having it again.
13th Aug, 2011
Cooked this twice now as a treat for myself and husband. Really enjoyed it each time. I agree the recipe is not entirely helpful with regard to peppercorns (odd when it's in the title!). However, all I did was both fresh grind black pepper and throw in a few crushed whole black peppercorns as well. Turned out to be delicious and very quick and easy to do. I'm sure I'll cook this one again and again over the years.
26th Jun, 2011
Loved this - was so easy, although I agree that the recipe is not the best written as it does need more than a really good grind of black pepper. I used some whole peppercorns that I gave a good bashing and added to the sauce & also red wine instead of red wine vinegar.
12th Jun, 2011
@Cheeky976 They're not in the ingredients list but step 2 advises to add lots of black pepper. When I try this, I'll probably add some soft jarred peppercorns when I make the sauce. ( As I do like a good pepper sauce) I'll report back :)
15th Apr, 2011
Where are the peppercorns in the title??!!!!!
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