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Playing Drunken Steaks with Twice-Baked Peppercorn Fries


  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon grainy Dijon mustard
  • 4 to 6 8-ounce sirloin or flat-iron steaks, at least 1-inch thick
  • Kosher salt and coarse black pepper
  • 4 large potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch wedges
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped thyme
  • Peppercorn blend, freshly coarsely ground


Serves: 4-6


Preheat oven to 375F.

In a large food storage bag, combine wine, stock, vinegar, Worcestershire, garlic and Dijon mustard. Season the meat with salt and pepper, and add to marinade. Refrigerate the steaks for 4 hours.

Soak potatoes in salted water in large bowl for a few minutes. Drain and pat dry.

Toss potatoes with about 3 tablespoons olive oil and season with thyme, salt and lots of peppercorn blend. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake 20 minutes then remove and cool to room temp.

Heat a cast-iron or oven-safe skillet over medium high heat.

Pat steaks dry and coat evenly with a couple of tablespoons olive oil. Brown steaks on each side to caramelize then transfer to oven and roast until desired doneness; remove to rest.

Turn up oven to 450F and bake potatoes until deeply golden and crispy, 20-25 minutes.

Serve steak with an arugula and tomato salad alongside.