This quick and easy dish is dedicated to that little mini-season between summer and fall, that time of year when I crave hearty, comforting dishes that are still light and simple to make.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place cherry tomatoes into a bowl and season with black pepper, salt, and sugar. Stir in rice wine vinegar. Let stand about 15 minutes to let flavors blend.

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  • Stir 2 tablespoons horseradish into creme fraiche in a small bowl; season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Refrigerate until needed.

  • Cut steaks in half across the grain and pound each piece to about 3/8 inch thick. Season each side generously with salt, black pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Lay steaks onto a work surface and sprinkle each piece lightly with flour. Pat the flour into the meat. Repeat on other side. Let meat rest for 10 minutes to let flour adhere.

  • Place a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, pour in vegetable oil, and heat until small wisps of smoke are visible rising off the oil. Lay steaks into the hot oil (meat should sizzle) and sear until browned, about 2 minutes per side. When you see beef juices accumulate on the surface of the meat, flip and brown the other side, about 2 minutes more. Transfer to a plate and let rest for about 2 minutes.

  • Pour excess oil from the skillet and pour water into the skillet. Scrape up and dissolve any browned meat juices from the bottom of the skillet; continue to cook until slightly thickened, about 30 seconds. Pour pan juices over tomatoes and stir to combine.

  • Divide about half the tomato mixture with juice per serving into the bottom of 2 large soup plates. Top each with 2 beef medallions and a spoonful of horseradish cream. Grate about 1/2 teaspoon horseradish over each serving and top with about 1 teaspoon of chives.

Cook's Notes:

Fresh horseradish isn't really that hot, but it does have a beautiful, fresh flavor. Grate it with a Microplane(R) for best results.

You can substitute sour cream for creme fraiche if you like.

Nutrition Facts

431 calories; protein 18.4g; carbohydrates 16.1g; fat 34g; cholesterol 90.8mg; sodium 349.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2020
My husband said three times “rate this a 5!” It was easy to do and tasted great. I wasn’t sure about the creme fraich but found it with the deli cheeses. I used white wine vinegar and creamed horseradish, otherwise followed the directions as written. Will make again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/20/2019
Surprised at so many good reviews. Neither my spouse or I enjoyed. Followed recipe. Found cayenne too much. Tomatoes needed something more.First Chef John disappointment. Read More
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2020
My husband said three times “rate this a 5!” It was easy to do and tasted great. I wasn’t sure about the creme fraich but found it with the deli cheeses. I used white wine vinegar and creamed horseradish, otherwise followed the directions as written. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2019
Excellent. I thought restaurant quality but I made it all separate so my husband would try it (he is not a tomato fan). Separate the flavors were not good - together it blended perfectly. I did make substitutions, New York (it was cheaper this week than top sirloin and Greek yogurt that I had on hand.) Served with simple mashed potatoes and green beans and it helped to have the horseradish stand out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/10/2016
Delicious!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2017
Excellent made exactly as written. Easy and cheap (with one change). The fresh horseradish was good but not spicy enough for us. We added prepared horseradish. And the creme fraiche was also good but pricey at my store. I think sour cream or Greek yogurt would have also been great and a lot cheaper. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2014
This is one of my favorite meals. Followed the recipe as written. Left overs make a great meal for the next day. Thanks Chef John. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2018
horseradish sauce just made it perfict Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2015
Husband loved this so easy but looks special Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/25/2018
Pretty good. Quick and easy. Cutting the tomatoes took the longest. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2018
Super simple recipe that looks like you spent hours preparing it and looks great on the plate. Great dish to impress a special someone. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
02/20/2019
Surprised at so many good reviews. Neither my spouse or I enjoyed. Followed recipe. Found cayenne too much. Tomatoes needed something more.First Chef John disappointment. Read More
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