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Beef with Peppercorn Rub

Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 steak and 1 tablespoon sauce)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon drained brine-packed green peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks (3/4 inch thick)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup cognac
  • 1/4 cup water

Nutrition Information

  • calories 197
  • caloriesfromfat 46 %
  • fat 10 g
  • satfat 3.3 g
  • monofat 4.5 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 23.9 g
  • carbohydrate 2.5 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 70 mg
  • iron 4.1 mg
  • sodium 210 mg
  • calcium 22 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl; stir well. Rub steaks with spice mixture; let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add steaks; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove steaks from skillet; set aside. Add cognac and water to skillet, scraping skillet to loosen browned bits. Cook over medium-high heat 15 seconds or until reduced to 1/4 cup, stirring constantly. Spoon cognac mixture over steaks.