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02/20/2023 “Steak Diane for a Special Evening” By Kaylee McGrath

What is Steak Diane? "Diane" refers to the pan sauce made with mustard, Worcestershire, cream, and cognac. I absolutely LOVE it! I often order Steak Diane at various fine restaurants. With preparation and cook time, this recipe is ready in under 30 minutes, making it a great choice for a date night in to cook for that special someone, or invite over another couple over if you would like to entertain for an elegant small dinner party!

Steak Diane

Yields: 4 servings


4 (6-ounce) center cut beef tenderloin steaks


1/2 cup beef broth

4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons tomato paste

2 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup finely minced shallots

4 tablespoons cognac or brandy

1/3 cup heavy cream

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped


1. Salt the steak and let sit at room temp:

2. Sprinkle salt on both sides of the steak and set aside at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.

3. Mix the broth, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, tomato paste:

4. Whisk together broth, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and tomato paste; set aside.

5. Sear the steaks in butter:

6. Melt the butter in a skillet set over medium-high heat. Pat the steaks dry with a paper towel. Increase the heat to high and sear the meat for 1 to 4 minutes, depending on how thick the steak is. Turn and sear on the other side and cook until done.

7. If your steak is thick enough to test with an instant-read thermometer, you can use it to check for your desired doneness—rare: 125°F; medium rare: 135°F; medium: 145°F; well done 160°F.

8. If you do not have a thermometer, use the finger test to check the doneness of the meat.

9. When the steaks are done, move to a cutting board and tent with foil.

10. Sauté the shallots:

11. While the meat is resting, sauté the shallots in the pan, 2 minutes on medium-high heat, stirring once or twice.

12. Deglaze the pan with cognac:

13. Add the cognac to deglaze the pan. Increase the heat and cook until the cognac is almost evaporated.

14. Add the broth mixture, then cream:

15. Stir in the broth mixture and bring to a boil. Cook until thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes.

16. Stir in the cream and cook for two more minutes.

17. Serve the steak with sauce:

18. If you want, thinly slice the steak to serve. Otherwise serve individual steaks. Drizzle warm Diane sauce over the steak and garnish with freshly ground black pepper and chives.

Suggestion for side dishes:

Mashed potatoes with green beans, or sauté spinach

Source of Information: Various Google Searches

Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Well!

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