FFwD: Bistrot Paul Bert Pepper Steak with Bacon, Sauteed Mushrooms and Frites

Pepper Steak with Bacon, Mushrooms & Frites

by Holly on April 29, 2011

I have to admit, I actually made this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe for the Bistrot Paul Bert Pepper Steak months and months ago right after I received my book. I can’t remember what the occasion was at our house, but it was one of the first recipes I made since the hubs loves pepper steak and in fact the real event was for Dorie’s birthday ‘party’.

I didn’t have the ingredients to make the original sauce that was meant to go with the steak, but had decided to wrap the steaks in bacon and serve them with some mushrooms sliced mushrooms, sauteed in a little butter and sprinkle of salt and pepper. When I added the bacon to the steaks, I did kind of ‘sear’ the bacon all around before trying to cook the steaks. Sacrilegious though it may be to most, we do prefer our steak more toward the well done side, so there was very little pink once I was done cooking, but the steak and frites were fantastic that way too.

I didn’t make as heavy of a pepper crust on the steak as possible, mainly just at the time because I was too impatient with my broken pepper mill and spice grinder both out of commission at the time. The next time I make this for the hubs I will definitely make a thicker crust of pepper because he really does love it that way. We all loved it with the bacon and mushrooms too, but I know he was missing that pepper.  I also made the frites as Dorie described in the book as well and we have found they are the perfect way to make fries indeed. As Dorie says, it isn’t really a recipe, but it does involve going with the double fry method (here is a fairly similar link for the perfect french fries).

I seem to be always on the run these days and today seems to be no exception, so I hope you’ll forgive the succinct post – heavens knows I usually ramble on so I’m sure it is nice for a change! 🙂 Please visit the French Fridays with Dorie site to see more pepper steaks and, as always, these recipes can be found in Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

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Lauri April 29, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Looks wonderful!

amanda@fakeginger.com April 29, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Mmm, your steak looks fantastic! This was the perfect meal for a special occasion! 🙂

Adriana April 29, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Wow! I love your seemingly ‘free-floating’ pictures. Beautiful effect!

Krissy April 29, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Beautiful pictures and wonderful looking meal. You did a great job on this one…looks perfect.

Tricia S. April 30, 2011 at 8:17 am

Fantastic results. I need to go back and try the frites – was on the run myself and happy to get the steak done. My guys adored it so I will be back for more ! This may be our new “go to” for special occasions…..

nana April 30, 2011 at 8:53 am

Those fries look amazing. I will have to try that very soon. I also like the idea of bacon and mushrooms,
I’ll bet the flavor is great. I did not do this week’s recipe but Tricia made the steak for her
crew and they all loved it. Perhaps when we are finished with the leftover Easter food I will attempt this
wonderful recipe and those fries. Good job.

Cher April 30, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Looks perfect. I kept thinking mushrooms the whole time I was making this. Next time… Sighs

Margaret May 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Looks like the perfect meal – for any occassion. Next time I have steak…..

cooking rookie May 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

That’s my definition of comfort food! Beautiful and mouthwatering. Yummmmm

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