Challenge, meatless steak au poivre…
I think the natural choice would be portobello mushrooms, they are a great stand in for beef. My mind went to cauliflower, my love of cauliflower has been well established, and I did love those cauliflower steaks.
Hot out of the oven. The cast iron skillet is a rock star in the oven, it is also a great tool to crush the peppercorns. You can see a lot of the peppercorns fall off, but that is quite OK because in the end they will be in the sauce that is poured over the steaks.
Traditionally au poivre is served with French fries, skinny fries are best, though I think garlic bread would sit in very nicely too. I skipped an accompaniment, I don’t suggest you do that, it was a bit awkward trying to get all that spicy sauce goodness into my mouth with a fork alone.
- 2 slices of cauliflower, cut about 1″ thick
- 1/4 cup freshly cracked peppercorns, crushed
- 1 TBLS. olive oil
- 1 TBLS. butter
- 2 TBLS Brandy (Cognac preferred)
- 3/4 cup vegetable broth
- Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Brush the cauliflower slices lightly with oil.
- Dredge the cauliflower in crushed peppercorns to coat.
- Heat remaining oil and butter in oven proof skillet over medium heat.
- Add cauliflower to heated oil/butter and let cook on one side about 2 minutes.
- Place skillet in the oven and cook 10 minutes, turn cauliflower and cook another 10 minutes.
- Remove skillet from oven, take cauliflower out and set aside on plate (peppercorns may fall off, this is ok).
- Return the skillet to the stove-top over medium heat.
- Add brandy to pan (careful it will flame up, also do not pour directly from bottle). Once flames are gone, stir in broth and season with a pinch of salt.
- Cook to reduce to about half.
- Optional, stir in a 1/2 TBLS. of butter to finish the sauce.
I think this pictures is a clear indication that this challenge was a success!
It doesn’t take too much time to get this on the table, so it makes a great quick weeknight meal, though I wouldn’t overlook it as a dinner party or special occasion meal. Next attempt will be with the portobello perhaps, and a side of French fries.
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