Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Four-Peppercorn Steak


It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers. So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is FOUR-PEPPERCORN STEAK!

I was never much for huge pepper flavors until I had a peppercorn steak at my favorite German restaurant when I was a teenager. I loved it so much I’d order it every time we went there. Alas, they closed down and I was forced to find a close facsimile of the flavors. This recipe isn’t exactly like the steak I remember but it makes my taste buds happy when I’m craving peppercorn steak. 

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!


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[Serves 4]

1 T. peppercorns
1 T. green peppercorns
1 T. pink peppercorns
1 T. white peppercorns
¾ lb. whole green beans
½ lb. baby carrots, pared
8 sm. red potatoes, un-pared & quartered
½ lb. mushrooms, quartered
4 rib-eye steak (3/4”)
2 minced shallots
3 T. butter
½ cup dry sherry
½ pint cherry tomatoes
¼ cup warmed brandy

Place peppercorns in heavy plastic bag. With rolling pin, crush peppercorns. Mix with 1 tsp. salt. Rub into both sides of steak. In skillet, over med-high heat, melt 1 T. butter in 1 T. oil. Sauté steaks about 5 minutes, turning once. Remove steaks from heat, keep warm. In same skillet, melt remaining 2 T. butter. Add vegetables and ½ tsp. salt. Sauté 5 minutes. Add sherry, bring to boil. Simmer, covered, 5 minutes or more until tender. Return steaks to skillet. Add cherry tomatoes; heat through. Pour brandy over steaks. Carefully set aflame with lighted match held to one side of inside edge of skillet. With long-handled tongs, turn steaks until flaming stops. Serve with vegetables and hot, crusty bread.

Happy Eating!

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