I had some good news at work the other day and so on my way home from work I decided to pick up some steaks and a bottle of wine – more exciting than the planned jacket potatoes and baked beans ; ) I then thought about doing a sauce with the steaks. Browsing the supermarket aisles I found a load of different packets of peppercorn sauce and decided to make my own. How hard can it be? Well, this version is a cheat’s version but you can fool anyone into believing that it is more complicated to make.
1 pot of creme fraiche
1 cube of beef stock
1 small glass of white wine
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 tablespoon from a pot of steak peppercorn mix
Go to a local supermarket and browse the mixed herbs and spices section and pick up a pot of steak pepper mix. It works a treat and lasts for ages. I actually got mine when I was in the UK and have not yet found it in Germany.
- Add 200ml boiling water to the beef stock in a small saucepan and place on a medium heat. Leave this to simmer for 2 mins and then add the white wine. Leave this to simmer for another 5mins.
- Add the creme fraiche and stir well. Then add the pepper (1 teaspoon) and the peppercorn mix.
- Simmer for another 10mins and then serve.
It really is that simple and tastes so good!