Wish Upon A Dish: Mustard-Peppercorn Cream Flap Steak

January 4, 2012

Mustard-Peppercorn Cream Flap Steak

I may never make a dinner that takes longer than 30 minutes again.
This cut of meat was a new one for me and when I told the butcher what I wanted, the boss came out front and asked me what I was going to do with it. Seems this cut is another butcher secret and I will tell you they have the best secrets.

Could easily have fed four people and in this house, six.
After eating this, I started collecting grilled steak recipes. The meat has the texture of a filet or a rib-eye but at half the price and twice the size, this would make great steak sandwiches the next day (or tacos).

Pan-Seared Flap Steak with Mustard-Cream Sauce for Two (but serves 4)
Adapted from Cooks Illustrated, April 2007

* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 1 boneless whole flap meat steak or shell sirloin steak (top butt), about 1 pound and 1 1/4 inches thick
* 1 small shallot , minced (about 2 tablespoons)
* 1 1/2 tablespoons dry white wine
* 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
* 3 tablespoons heavy cream
* 1 1/2 tablespoons whole-grain Dijon mustard
* Salt and ground black pepper

1. Heat oil in heavy-bottomed 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until smoking. Meanwhile, season both sides of steak with salt and pepper. Place steak in skillet; cook, without moving steak, until well browned, about 2 minutes. Using tongs, flip steak; reduce heat to medium. Cook until well browned on second side and internal temperature registers 125 degrees on instant-read thermometer for medium-rare (about 5 minutes) or 130 degrees for medium (about 6 minutes).
2. Transfer steak to large plate and tent loosely with foil; let rest until internal temperature registers 130 degrees for medium-rare or 135 degrees for medium, 12 to 15 minutes.
3. While steak is resting, pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from now-empty skillet. Return skillet to low heat and add shallot; cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add wine and increase heat to medium-high; simmer rapidly, scraping up browned bits on pan bottom, until liquid is reduced to glaze, about 30 seconds; add broth and simmer until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 3 minutes. Add cream and any meat juices; cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in mustard; season to taste with salt and pepper.
4. Using sharp knife, slice steak about 1/4 inch thick against grain on bias. Arrange on platter or on individual plates, and spoon sauce over steak; serve immediately.

Review: Wow, what a steak, even The Nudge said he would eat this every week. You will probably have to go to a butcher for this cut, but I if you can only find a sirloin, try to get one with even marbling in the flesh.
The leftovers are planned for a ooey, gooey, cheesy Steak Sandwich next week.

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