RECIPE

Steak with Burgundy Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth, divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 3 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup smoked almonds, chopped
  • A couple handfuls of flat leaf parsley, chopped, divided
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
  • 2 slices lean bacon, chopped
  • 3/4 pound white mushrooms, halved
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 bottle good-quality French red Burgundy wine (about 2 cups)
  • 8 ounces frozen small white pearl onions
  • Four 1 1/2-inch-thick sirloin steaks, at room temperature (about 2 pounds)
  • Worcestershire sauce

Preparation

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup broth, 1 cup water and the butter to a boil. Stir in the rice, then cover and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Stir in the peas and cook for 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork. Stir in the scallions, almonds and half of the parsley.


Place a rack 6 inches from the flame and pre-heat the broiler to high.


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the EVOO, three turns of the pan. Add the bacon and cook until just crisp, about 3 minutes, then move to the side. Add the mushrooms and bay leaf and cook for 7-8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes; season to taste with salt and pepper. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the wine, scraping up all the browned bits, and boil to reduce by half, about 4 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cups beef broth and the onions and simmer for 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaf and adjust the seasonings.


Meanwhile, place the steaks in a broiler pan and drizzle with a little EVOO. Broil the steaks for 5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second side for medium doneness. Brush the steaks with a little Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper. Let rest for a few minutes, then slice against the grain on the diagonal.


Serve the steak with the Burgundy sauce, the remaining parsley and the rice alongside.

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