4 (1″-thick) strip steaks (about 2 ½ lbs. in all)
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 ½ cups ruby port
2 cups beef stock
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup brine-cured green peppercorns, rinsed and coarsely chopped
2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1. Season steaks with salt to taste on a plate, cover, and refrigerate for 2 hours. Remove steaks from refrigerator and set aside at room temperature to let rest for 1 hour.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Pat steaks dry; add 2 to skillet. Cook, flipping once, until well browned and medium rare, 4–5 minutes in all. Transfer steaks to a plate and tent with foil; set aside in a warm oven. Repeat with remaining steaks.
3. Remove skillet from heat and add shallots; stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add port; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until mixture is reduced to about ¼ cup, 5–6 minutes. Add beef stock; boil until syrupy, 10–12 minutes. Remove skillet from heat; whisk in heavy cream. Return skillet to medium heat; boil gently until thickened, 6–8 minutes. Stir in peppercorns, vinegar, and salt to taste. Pour sauce over steaks.
This recipe was taken from Saveur. The original photo and recipe can be found at www.saveur.com