French Filet Mignon au Poivre

French Valentine's Dinner For Two

SpiceBreeze
Enjoy a French Valentine's dinner for two with classic Filet Mignon au Poivre (pepper steak) and discover the extravagance of a rose-flavored dessert. Filet mignon is the most original choice. Chicken and pork work just as well. Precious green peppercorns give the creamy sauce a less pungent, woody-fruity note.
hands-on time 30 mins
Course Dessert, Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

Shopping List

  • 2 inch filet mignon* 1 inch thick
  • 2 tbsp cognac** or brandy or similar
  • 0.5 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb potatoes cooked and peeled
  • 8 oz snow peas or thin carrot slices
  • 3 cups yogurt plain, creamy
  • butter & oil
  • honey***
  • milk
  • salt & pepper

Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Green peppercorns
  • [2] Rosebud powder

Instructions
 

Prepare 30 minutes before cooking

  • Soak Valentine [1] spices in 3 tbsp water.
  • Rub dry filets with salt and pepper to taste. Let them rest at room temperature.

Dessert

  • Mix yogurt with Valentine [2] spices.
  • Add honey*** to taste.

Fry

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil to smoking hot.
  • Fry filets 2 minutes on each side over high heat without moving them in between.
  • Add 1 tbsp butter. Fry filets over high heat until the desired doneness.
  • Transfer filet to a plate and cover with foil.
  • Carefully, add cognac**.
  • Cook 1¬†minute. Add the soaked Valentine [1] spices with the water.
  • Cook 2 minutes over high heat.
  • Add broth, cream, and salt & pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil. Cook until the sauce thickened.

Potatoes

  • Mash potatoes and reheat with some milk. Add salt & pepper to taste.

Peas

  • In a separate PAN, heat some butter and fry snow peas for about 5 minutes. Add salt to taste.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

* Substitute filet with chicken breast, pork tenderloin or chops, or eggplant slices. Adjust cooking time.
** On a gas stove, make sure to have a lid at hand  in case of catching fire.
*** Substitute honey with (maple) syrup. Optionally, add fresh raspberries.