This is one of those meals for a special occasion or even “date night” as I like to call it. It is a recreation of a dish that Ryan and I had in Italy. Remember when I shared my recipe for roasted rosemary potatoes and teased about melt in your mouth steaks? You know the one that you can cut with a butter knife? Yeah, this is one of them.
Before we went to Italy everyone would say “Oh imagine all of the yummy pasta and pizza you are going to eat. But do you think you’ll get sick of it after two weeks?” Well the truth is, its not all pizza and pasta in Italy. Sure the pasta and pizza that we had were absolutely divine, in most cases anyway, but there were also many other palate pleasing options. In Siena for instance, beef reigned supreme and we had ourselves plenty of perfectly cooked steaks. Nothing was over done, very simple seasonings and a simple sauce. Just how I like it.
The steak that we ordered in Italy was filet with 5 peppercorn sauce. Rather than buying 5 different kinds of peppercorns when I tried to recreate this dish, I found a peppercorn blend in the spice aisle at my local grocery store. It should be really easy to get your hands one. Mine even came with a nifty grinder attached. If you can’t find one at your local grocery store, I know that Williams-Sonoma also sells a lovely 5 pepper blend.
To have the same meal that Ryan and I enjoyed while we were in Italy serve these with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and a simple salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Don’t forget the liter of wine. Yes, I said liter. We were on vacation and a liter of wine was less expensive than our steaks. So why not?
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My name is Des. I’m a Mom to Kellan. Wife to Ryan. Dog mom to Pumpkin and lover of all things food. Whether it is cooking it, eating it, shopping for it or watching TV about it, food is one of my favorite things. Read more »
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