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Steak Frites with Shallot Pan Reduction

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces steak, about 3 tablespoons sauce, and about 8 frites)
Many CookingLight.com users crave hearty meals, and our take on the classic French bistro dish satisfies. You can add a side of sautéed spinach to round out the plate for a company-worthy supper.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 pounds baking potatoes (about 2 large potatoes), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch sticks
  • Cooking spray
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 1 pound boneless sirloin steak, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 3/4 cup less-sodium beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter

Nutrition Information

  • calories 347
  • caloriesfromfat 18 %
  • fat 6.8 g
  • satfat 2.7 g
  • monofat 2.4 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 28.9 g
  • carbohydrate 37.7 g
  • fiber 2.7 g
  • cholesterol 73 mg
  • iron 4.9 mg
  • sodium 612 mg
  • calcium 39 mg

How to Make It

  1. Position 1 oven rack on the highest setting. Position another rack on the lowest setting.

  2. Preheat oven to 450°.

  3. Arrange potatoes in a single layer on baking sheets. Coat with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt. Bake at 450° for 40 minutes or until golden brown, stirring potatoes and rotating pans halfway through. Toss potatoes with 1 teaspoon thyme.

  4. Heat a 12-inch heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle both sides of steak with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add steak to pan; sauté 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from pan; keep steak warm.

  5. Add shallots to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Add brandy; bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add beef broth, Dijon mustard, and remaining 1 teaspoon thyme; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 2/3 cup (about 3 minutes). Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add butter, stirring with a whisk.

  6. Slice steak. Serve with shallot pan reduction sauce and potatoes.

  7. Wine note: This classic dish deserves its classic match: cabernet sauvignon. If price is no object, opt for a top red Bordeaux from France. But to stay under $30, a rich, full-bodied cabernet from California will do the trick. The Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 is a steal at just $ —Karen MacNeil