Steak Au Poivre Soup
This Steak Au Poivre Soup will have you going back for seconds (even thirds!)
- 3 tbsp. whole black peppercorns
- 4 (4-oz.) filet mignons or 2 (8-oz.) sirloin steaks, sliced in half
- Kosher salt
- ½ c. plus 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) butter
- 2 thyme sprigs, plus 1 tbsp. chopped leaves
- 2 large shallots, 1 finely chopped, 1 sliced into rings
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- ¼ c. all-purpose flour
- ¼ c. cognac or brandy
- 5 c. low-sodium beef broth
- 1½ lb. waxy baby potatoes, quartered
- 1 c. heavy cream
- 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- Grind peppercorns on the most coarse setting of a pepper mill (you can also use a mortar and pestle, or wrap peppercorns in cheesecloth and smash with a meat mallet or bottom of a heavy skillet). Season steaks on both sides with a generous pinch of salt and crushed peppercorns, pressing peppercorns into meat.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 2 tbsp. oil until shimmering. Cook steaks, gently pressing to make sure you don’t lose any peppercorns, until well browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Flip steaks and add butter and thyme sprigs. Continue to cook, spooning butter over steak, until tops are crusty and well browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 135°, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer steak to a cutting board and let rest until ready to use. Strain fat remaining in skillet and reserve.
- Wipe out any large chunks of pepper from skillet. Return reserved fat to pan, then cook chopped shallot over medium heat, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic and chopped thyme and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add flour and whisk until combined. Cook, whisking constantly, until flour darkens slightly, about 2 minutes. Whisk in cognac until smooth, then slowly whisk in broth. Add potatoes and bring to a simmer. Cook until potatoes are tender and soup is thickened, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir in cream and Worcestershire. Cook, stirring, until warmed through and combined, about 5 minutes more.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, cook sliced shallots and remaining ½ cup oil, stirring occasionally, until oil begins to bubble around shallots, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook until shallots are golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes more.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer shallots to a paper towel-lined plate; season with a pinch of salt. Let cool slightly.
- Divide soup among bowls. Cut steak into cubes, then top bowls with steak and fried shallots.
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