When I have a craving for a slow-cooked French stew, I make this steak version in less than 30 minutes.
Makes: 4 servings
Prep: 10 mins
- 2 1/2cups beef broth
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 cup long-grain rice
- 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
- 3 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped
- 1/4cup smoked almonds, chopped
- Flat-leaf parsley, chopped (a couple of handfuls)
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus more for drizzling
- 2 slices lean bacon, chopped
- 3/4pound white mushrooms, halved
- 1 fresh or dried bay leaf
- 2 large garlic cloves, 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
- 4 1 1/2-inch-thick sirloin steaks (about 2 pounds), at room temperature
- Worcestershire sauce
- In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup broth, 1 cup water and the butter to a boil. Stir in the rice, 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 the parsley.
- Place a rack 6 inches from the flame and preheat the broiler to high. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with the EVOO, 3 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 to 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 to 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 11/2 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 for 5 minutes on the first side and 3 minutes on the second side for medium doneness. Brush 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.
- Moillard Bourgogne Pinot Noir Tradition 2004 (France)