The pink peppercorn is a reasonably new arrival in our speciality shops. Also called poivre rose and baise rose, it is a soft bright pink peppercorn with a peppery but sweet flavour. It is sold dried and can be ground in a mill. In fact it’s not a true pepper at all, but the berry of a plant related to poison ivy. Some people are allergic to it, so use with caution!
Heat a heavy pan until very hot, add oil and sauté the steaks to the required degree: approximately 3 minutes each side for medium rare, about 5 minutes each side for well done. Remove the steaks and leave to relax on a warm plate while you make your sauce.
De-glaze the pan with brandy, then flame or reduce. Add green and black peppercorns. Crush the green peppercorns slightly with a wooden spoon in the pan. Add the cream and reduce for a few minutes, then add the juices from the steaks on the plate. Season with salt and add the pink peppercorns; taste. Return the steaks to the pan and turn them in the sauce, then transfer to a warm plate and nap with the sauce. Serve at once.
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