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Perfect Peppercorn Steaks

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These tender peppered steaks get plenty of zip from a quick-to-fix sauce flavored with mustard and Worcestershire.

Ingredients

• 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns, crushed

• 2 boneless beef top loin steaks (8 ounces each)

• 2 to 3 tablespoons butter, melted

• 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced

• 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

• 1/2 cup red wine or beef broth

• 1 teaspoon ground mustard

• 1/2 teaspoon sugar

• 2 teaspoons cornstarch

• 1 tablespoon water

Directions

• Rub pepper over both sides of steaks. Refrigerate for 15 minutes. In an ungreased skillet, brown steaks on both sides over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; add butter and garlic; cook for 4-6 minutes, turning steaks once. Add Worcestershire sauce; cook 4-6 minutes longer, turning once, or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Remove steaks and keep warm.

• Combine wine or broth, mustard and sugar; add to the pan. Stir to loosen browned bits. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; add to pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with the steaks. Yield: 2 servings.

Editor’s Note: Top loin steak may be labeled as strip steak, Kansas City steak, New York strip steak, ambassador steak or boneless club steak in your region.

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