Peppered to Perfection
We’re continuing to celebrate National Mushroom Month this September at One Crafty Kitchen so here’s an elegant gourmet dinner that you can whip up in less than 30 minutes. Now that’s something to celebrate! And speaking of celebrating, you could easily serve this up for a fancy dinner party or for a simple weeknight meal. This tangy, creamy and earthy mushroom sauce is fantastic over chicken too! This sauce is also healthier than your typical cream sauce because I didn’t use heavy cream. The rich creaminess comes from a healthy dose of tangy goat cheese.
The Daily Grind
I finally found a good use for that mixed peppercorn grinder. It’s absolutely perfect for this recipe because the more pepper varieties, the better. I have mentioned before that I keep three separate pepper grinders in my spice pantry: white for lighter dishes, green for spicy dishes and black for just about everything else. The four pepper melange also has pink peppercorn, which technically isn’t even a pepper, but it tastes good and looks pretty so I just go with it. If your grinder grinds to a fine mist, however, you’ll want to take out the whole peppercorns and mash them with a mortar and pestle so you have a nice coarse, peppery crust on your steak. Pair this peppered steak with creamy mashed potatoes or for a double dose of earthy mushrooms, try it over Mushroom and Red Wine Risotto.
Suggested Wine Pairings
There is no denying that steak with Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic pairing. However, with this ultra peppery and aromatic steak, I would opt for a more peppery wine, like a Syrah or Malbec. A big and bold peppery, yet fruity, wine could better stand up to the intense spice mixture on the steak. For an extra special treat, try it with a spicy Châteauneuf du Pape. We also tried it with a jammy Pinot Noir and the earthy explosion was divine!