A juicy piece of organic sirloin doesn’t need too much fanfare, since the perfectly marbled steak can stand on its feet just fine, thankyouverymuch! We love a good, complex sauce, but every once in awhile you need to improvise. This recipe is easily amendable and can be customized to your exact needs and taste.
Skip the non-stick and ready your cast iron skillet! Add your choice of oil in the pan and place over medium high heat. You’ll want the pan to be HOT! A hot pan ensures a nice, crusty sear. Cook your meat as you would normally (2-3 minutes on each side). Keep an eye out for those tasty bits of browned bits, they’re come into play next.
Set aside your meat and drain the pan of extra oil. Keep those tasty brown bits in the pan! Turn the heat down and add an aromatic. Aromatics refer to the combination of certain ingredients heated in fat. The heat will release aromas and leave your ingredients with a deep, rich flavor. You can add shallots, garlic, onion, etc. Add spices [black pepper is our go-to] and keep things moving by stirring. Once the aromatics have softened and the spices have bloomed, go to the next step.
It’s time for the liquid! We recommend using either red or white wine, as they both add their own personal punch to the sauce. Broth works, too. A half cup can go a long way, so pour it in! This is also a great time to add a bouquet garni or a few sprigs of your favorite herb. Simmer until the liquid thickens and reduced by at least half.
You can leave your sauce where it is, or you can do the sensible thing and add a nice pat of butter! Who doesn’t love butter? Simply remove the pan from the heat, add the butter, salt and pepper and stir. And just like that, you’re done! Slice your meat and drizzle the sauce over it. Bon appetit!