Is there anything better than a well-cooked steak? Simply done, seasoned and grilled, it can be amazing. Add a sauce, and the meal can be taken to another level.
I asked Mr Q this week what he’d like me to cook for his birthday dinner, and he requested steak and chips. I was pleased with this suggestion, as there’s plenty of room for interpretation. It also meant that I’d be able to cook one of my favourite meals – Steak Diane.
Steak Diane was apparently named for the mythical Roman goddess, Diana (the Huntress) and evolved from the French ‘Steak Au Poivre’, or Pepper Steak. Other reports have the Steak Diane recipe born in the kitchens of swanky New York restaurants in the 50s and 60s. Either way, this rich recipe has always been guilty pleasure of mine.
Over the years, I’ve tweaked the recipe – sometimes using brandy, sometimes adding caramelised onions, but I always come back to this easy method.
I served my Steak Diane with chips to soak up the gorgeous sauce, and grilled asparagus on the side.
The verdict? “Best birthday dinner ever.” Gotta be happy with that!