Filet Mignon with Peppercorn Sauce


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 filet mignon steaks (about 1 1/2 – 2 inches thick)
  • pepper and kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallot
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorn blend
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon beef broth
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream



  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season both sides of filets with salt and pepper. Cook steaks 3-4 minutes per side for medium rare.  Transfer to plate, cover. Set aside.
  • Use a mortar and pestle to crack the peppercorns. If you don’t have one you can place the peppercorns in a plastic bag then pound with the side of a meat mallet or bottom of a frying pan. You don’t want them too small, just cracked.
  • In the same pan that you cooked the steak in add olive oil and shallots. Cook 1 minute. Add cracked peppercorns, cook 1 minute. Whisk in 1/2 cup beef broth. Reduce heat to low and slowly whisk in heavy cream. Allow to simmer for 3 minutes or until thickened. If it gets too thick add remaining tablespoon of beef broth.
  • Transfer steak to a serving platter. Spoon peppercorn sauce over the top. Serve immediately.

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?