While a grilled steak can be pretty good I’m not happy unless there’s a sauce. For me, a pan fried steak is where it’s at. A splash of wine, a bit of stock – in this case veal stock – and a couple of flavour highlights and you move into serious territory.
The French have mastered at least 100 different pan fried steak dishes – and yet there’s no grilled steak recipes in the Cordon Bleu at Home…
This is all about the veal stock. Talk to your butcher. Get into the habit of freezing it to have it at hand. Veal stock is about a million times better than beef stock. Maybe 100 million times. It’s the difference between McDonald’s and the best french restaurant in town.
- 2 nicely marbled striploin or rib steaks - about 1 inch thick
- ¼ cup white wine
- ¼ cup veal or chicken stock
- 1 Tsp dijon mustard
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- salt and coarse ground pepper
- Pre-heat your oven to 375F.
- Heat an oven proof skillet over medium heat. Season the steaks with salt and pepper. Add1 Tbsp butter and 1 Tbsp olive oil to the pan until the butter stops sizzling. Watch out - you don't want the butter to burn.
- Add the steaks and pan fry for about 90 seconds per side then place in pre-heated oven for about 3-4 minutes for rare to medium rare. I can't predict this for you. Steaks are different thicknesses. Use your instant read thermometer to be certain - 125F is the magic number for beef.
- Remove pan from oven, put a cloth on the handle to remind you it's screaming hot, and remove steaks. Place pan over medium heat. Add white wine, scraping up any browned bits and reduce to a syrupy glaze. This is called deglazing. Add veal stock or demi-glace and simmer briefly. Whisk in the mustard.
- Off heat, whisk in the remaining 2 Tbsp butter one tablespoon at a time. Taste sauce and adjust seasoning if necessary.