Brandied Pepper Steak


Years ago, a woman that had a son who was a chef shared this recipe of his with us. It is now a frequently requested family favorite.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (1 1/2 pound) top round steak

  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, coarsely ground

  • ½ cup clarified butter, melted

  • 2 leaves fresh sage, bruised

  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, bruised

  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, bruised

  • ¼ cup brandy

  • ½ cup veal demi glace

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon roux


  1. Season steak with salt and pepper, and firmly press seasonings into steak. In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, combine clarified butter, sage, thyme and rosemary. Cook until herbs begin to brown, then remove herbs.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high. Sear steak for 10 to 15 minutes on each side. Carefully pour brandy over steak. Stand back, and ignite the brandy (flames can be quite intense). When flames die, remove steak from pan; keep warm.

  3. Stir demi glace into pan, and deglaze the pan, scraping up any bits stuck to the bottom. Simmer until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in heavy cream, and any juices that have accumulated under the steak. Add roux to sauce to thicken to a smooth, rich consistency. Taste sauce and add more peppercorns or salt if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

566 Calories
44g Fat
11g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 566
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 21g 104%
Cholesterol 141mg 47%
Sodium 1533mg 67%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 30mg 2%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 466mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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