How to make it

  • Place a sheet of waxed paper onto a cutting board. Place mixed peppercorns onto waxed paper and cover with another sheet of waxed paper. Put heavy skillet on top and press to crush peppercorns. Remove top layer of wax paper.
  • Alternatively, if you have bought the McCormick Grinder Peppercorn Medley (see above), you can just grind it onto the wax paper.
  • Press one side of each steak into the peppercorns, pressing firmly so peppercorns stick to the meat. The idea is to create a thin crust on one side of the meat.
  • Heat oil and 1 T. butter in heavy saute pan over moderate high heat until hot but not smoking. Sear steaks 1-2 minutes each side. Reduce heat to medium high and cook steaks to desired doneness. Remove to warm platter.
  • Add the shallots to the pan and saute, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom, until shallots are soft.
  • Add bourbon to the pan, and ignite (stand back!). Allow flame to burn out. Bring to boil over high heat and cook until reduced by half.
  • Add cream and cook over high heat, stirring, until reduced and thickened. Remove from heat. Finish with remaining 1 T. butter, stirring gently until it melts.
  • Sprinkle steaks lightly with coarse salt. Pour sauce over steaks.

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    " It was excellent "
    kathye ate it and said...
    Hi...this is a really wonderful recipe and my husband and I will enjoy it. By the way, I just happen to have the steaks, the right peppercorns and a good Bourbon so will try this tonight. Thanks. Kathye
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  • hayamaktoum 10 years ago
    Since I couldn't get onto Second Life tonight, I made this for dinner. I can hear my arteries hardening as I write this, but it sure was good.

    I discovered that McCormick sells a mixture of peppercorns that includes the all-important Jamaican allspice, and it is conveniently packaged in its own little grinder. That made this recipe go much more quickly, and less messy too.

    As an accompaniment, I sliced up an apple, and added dried cranberries and some crumbled blue cheese.

    Red meat doesn't have enough cholesterol in it, you know; one must add things to it, like cream sauce, and blue cheese...
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    I like the attention to detail: holding back the salt until the end.
    The TLC pays off in the end.
    Extra delicious, great post

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