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Playing Steak and Eggs with Quick Mustard Pan Gravy


  • 2 10-ounce thin strip steaks or 8-ounce flat iron steaks
  • EVOO- Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
  • 3 tablespoons butter, plus some for buttering toast
  • 1 shallot, very finely chopped
  • A couple of sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped, or a teaspoon dried leaves
  • 1 rounded tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup white or red wine
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • Lots of black pepper
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 1/4 cup of 1/2 and 1/2 or heavy cream
  • 2 slices good quality white or rye bread
  • 4 large eggs
  • A small bundle of watercress, trimmed and cleaned


Serves: 2




Bring steaks to room temperature.



Rub a cast-iron skillet or heavy pan with oil and heat over medium-high flame. When pan is very hot add steaks and cook 4 minutes on first side, 3 minutes on second for medium doneness. Steaks should be deeply caramelized before turning.



Place a skillet on stove top for eggs and heat over medium-low flame.



Meanwhile, to a small skillet over medium heat add a drizzle of EVOO and 2 tablespoons butter. Add shallots and sprinkle in thyme leaves, then saut shallots until soft, 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and stir a minute. Add wine and stir to evaporate 30 seconds. Then add Worcestershire sauce, stock, lots of pepper and a pinch of salt. Stir in mustard and incorporate. Then stir in 1/2 and 1/2 or cream and stir 1 minute more. Turn off pan.



Toast bread while sauce cooks and butter while hot.



Add 1/2 tablespoon butter to hot egg skillet over medium-low heat and cook eggs to desired doneness, 2 eggs at a time. Repeat.



Serve steaks on halved buttered toast with eggs on top. Pour sauce over steak and eggs and garnish with watercress.