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Steak Diane with Parslied Potatoes recipe

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This recipe is by Sam Gugino from Cooking to Beat the Clock.

One reason why this restaurant classic was cooked by waiters at tableside - other than to create a sense of theater - was it didnít take a lot of time. You can do the same at home, and you donít need to wear a tuxedo. Just be careful when you flame the liquor.


16 very small new potatoes, about 11/4 pounds
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
Two 13 to 15 ounce boneless sirloin steaks, pounded to half their normal thickness
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup cognac or good brandy
1/4 cup Madeira or sherry
2 shallots
8 chives
8 sprigs parsley, preferably flat-leaf
1/2 cup beef stock

  • While the hot water tap runs, halve the potatoes and put in a 2-quart saucepan. Barely cover them with hot tap water and cook, covered, over high heat, for 12 minutes or until easily pierced with a knife. (Or put the potatoes and 1/4 cup hot tap water in a microwave-safe container. Cover and cook in a microwave oven on high power for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, put the oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large heavy skillet over high heat. Season the steaks with salt and pepper. (If the butcher hasn’t done so, pound the steaks between two sheets of aluminum foil or wax paper with the side of a cleaver or a meat pounder before seasoning.) Add the steaks to the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes (depending on thickness), turning once halfway through, for medium rare.
  • While the steaks cook, put the cognac and Madeira in a small saucepan over low heat. Peel and chop the shallots. Chop the chives and the leaves from the parsley sprigs.
  • When the steaks are cooked on both sides, remove the skillet from the heat and add the warm liquor. Making sure not to lean over the skillet, ignite the liquor with a match, preferably a long fireplace-type. (The flames will shoot up briefly and die down rather quickly. Have a skillet cover ready just in case.)
  • When the flames subside, increase the heat to high, turn the steaks to coat both sides, then remove them to a cutting board. Add the stock and shallots to the skillet. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the sauce begins to reduce and lightly thicken. Reduce the heat and swirl in 1 tablespoon of the remaining butter.
  • While the sauce comes together, slice the steaks and arrange the slices on a platter. Spoon the sauce over them and sprinkle with the chives. Drain the cooked potatoes and toss with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, the parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Put the potatoes in a small serving bowl.

Serves 2

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