Binging with Babish: Steak au Poivre from Archer
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Binging with Babish: Steak au Poivre from Archer

August 11, 2019

– *sigh* What’s lame, Archer? The fact that we’re up against at least four highly trained North Korean agents? Or the fact that they all have got— – Peppercorns, Lana. – Well, I was gonna say Tokarevs and Shpagin-41 submachine guns, but yeah, let’s go with peppercorns. – Thank you! Because without peppercorns, it’s not steak au poivre. It can’t be.
By like, definition. – Archer, we’re supposed to be stopping the North Koreans from buying part of a nuclear bomb, not ordering every single item on the room service menu. – Just the dinner menu. Hey, what’s up guys? Welcome back to Binging with Babish, where this week, we’re making Steak au Poivre by its own very definition requires peppercorns, peppercorns that we’re gonna smash up. Ideally, we want to use a mortar and pestle, but if you’re like me and you can’t find yours, we can employ a much more laborious technique of pouring them into a shallow frying pan and crushing them using the bottom of a small saucepan or a meat mallet. In the end, we want totally crushed peppercorns that we’re going to pass through a fine mesh sieve. This is to get rid of all the smaller pepper particulate that will burn if we apply too much heat to it. This is perfectly good for other seasoning applications, but we’re after these big ‘ol chunks. Next up, we’re going to salt and rest our steaks—I’m going with filet mignon. We want to season both sides heavily with kosher salt and let them sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes up to an hour. This is going to help our steaks retain a bit more juiciness down the line While those rest, we need to address the sides on the plate. I saw baby carrots and peas. Pretty boring, but I wanna see if we can spice ’em up a little. Let’s start with the carrots Which I’m going saute in just a whole sh*t ton of butter. Like a solid sticks worth that I’m going to get foaming over medium heat Make sure not to get your butter too hot which I’m going to explain why later Once it’s all melted and nice and bubbly we’re going to add our carrots I got one pound of baby carrots here I’m going to start by just slow cooking them in the butter for 10-15 minutes Until they just start to get a little soft It’s very important not to let the milk fats separate the way it does when you make brown butter because then you’ll have a watery, greasy liquid in the bottom of the pan instead of a nice cohesive sauce and now to make the carrots interesting I’m going to add a half cup of bourbon which I’m going to flambe Give that a little shake until all the fire goes away and then I’m gonna maybe a quarter cup of orange juice for a little acidity and flavor and to both help sweeten and thicken the sauce I’m going to add 2 to 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and slowly stir and cook the carrots in this mixture until it reduces into a syrupy, sweet glaze When we get near the end of the cooking I’m gonna add some freshly chopped thyme along with s few twists of freshly ground black pepper and a few sprinkles of freshly koshered kosher salt And like I mentioned earlier I’m gonna make sure not to let the butter brown otherwise this is gonna happen this tastes good but what you’ve essentially got hear is carrots swimming in clarified butter Which as one of my man culinary heroes would say, “Is not good eats” So make sure you regulate your temp and slowly and g e n t l y cook your carrots until tender, sweet, and sticky now onto the peas which we’re going to parboil for 2-3 minutes or until just tender and then we’re going to immediately shock them in an ice bath Bear in mind this is if you’re using fresh peas If you’re using frozen peas you can skip directly to this step after defrosting I’m going to saute the peas in a little bit of butter and by a little bit i mean like half a stick about ten second in I’m gonna remember that I wanted to saute a shallot first so I’ll just dump it in and hope that you guys don’t notice and then we’re cooking for another 2-3 minutes until the peas are nice and tender at which point we’re adding about 2 tablespoons of freshly shopped mint and the zest of one lemon and just give those guys a little toss at a little bit of heat just to let those flavors get to know eachother and then right at the end of cooking of course we’re going to season with a bit of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper and keep these guys warm while we move on to cooking our steak which as you can see is all nicely rested and requires another pat down with paper towels before being introduced to a ripping hot pan we’re just looking to make sure it’s hot we’re dropping our steaks in with a little bit of vegetable oil and letting them sear on both sides we’ve made steaks every which way on this show so I’m just gonna breeze through this part suffice to say I pan seared and then butter basted these steaks searing about four minutes per side on medium high heat and then lowering the heat adding some butter and basting repeating until the desired internal temp of 130 degrees F was achieved we are setting those aside to rest for ten minutes and then making the pan sauce in said pan I wiped out all that brown butter leaving some of that fond on the bottom of the pot and I’m adding about a tablespoon and a half of our crushed peppercorn which I’m just gonna toast for 20-30 seconds or so I don’t wanna burn the fond and then off heat I’m adding about 1/3 a cup of Cognac which I’m going to flame for little to no reason there’s no need to do this once the fire has evaded I’m going to add a few ladle fulls or about half a cups worth of beef stock that I have previously boiled down by half if that makes any sense I’m also adding about a half a cup of heavy cream and then I’m gonna keep simmering or tiny whisking this until it becomes a thick, lushes, unctuous, luxurious sauce that easily coats the back of a spoon and because we’re not skimping on the butter this episode it’s time to add some butter two tablespoons that we’re going to tiny whisk into the sauce off the heat and then it’s finally time to plate up I’ve got my sliced up fillet that I’m going to flank with our lemon-mint peas and our bourbon carrots and then I’m going to delicately sauce our fillet and finally it’s time to eat The carrots are perfect. They’re tender and sweet and rich and sticky. The peas are bright and herbaceous al dente and also perfect and the steak au poivre is just one of the greatest things you could possibly imagine it is a clear and obvious entrant into the—oh wait a second I can’t finish this without a little bit of Glengoolie Blue which is not a real scotch but I can only assume they mean Johnnie Walker Blue Label *sigh* The things I have to do to be accurate on this show but for you guys I will bite this bullet And it’s really tasty not worth $200 a bottle but I gotta say it goes really really well with Steak au Poivre Archer might be an awful person but the guy knows how to eat

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  1. Love the video but gotta mention that Kenji says letting meat try to reach room temp is a waste of time. After 20 min at room temp the core of a steak won't even raise 2F. 30 min, doubt more than 3-4F.

  2. Now I'm gonna watch season 10 episode 5. You're right about Archer. Here's totally a dick. And thank you for this one. I'm gonna actually try it.

  3. You can't be a COMPLETELY awful person when you know as much about fine dining as Archer does. It's scientifically impossible. It's physics.

    I do not condone Archer's sexism or selfishness or brutality in any way. His mother is monstrous BUT we all have stuff we need to rise above.

  4. I like to make Mustard Carrots.
    take 1/3 cup Brown Sugar
    1/4 cup plain yellow mustard
    1/4 cup butter.

    cook into a sauce and pour over some cooked carrots. if you like you can cook them in the sauce.

  5. Did you know that "baby" carrots are simply cut from the not-straight-enough-for-the-shelf regular carrots?

  6. Hey babish, if you hit the carrots with a little hot water after it split you should be able to re-emulsify the butter sauce

  7. How has Archer not have his own movie? I mean, it's been almost ten seasons, including the "Coma Dream Seasons" (I'm not sure what category Archer: 1999 falls under…), but I'm sure the fans want to see Archer watch his daughter grow up to be "Dangerzone Diane" or "Ass-kicking AJ".

  8. I'd really love to see your interpretations of Undertale/ Deltarune foods, like Butterscotch Cinnamon Pie, Spider Cider, Lancer Cookies, and Top Cake.

  9. you should do all the drinks from archer. like a peppermint patty, green russain, and horrashio cornflower.

  10. This is a brilliant recipe that I will trying Babish, love the flavour combinations…great content as always.

  11. Got to say, I am a little disappointed in the selection of store bought baby carrots. Carrots taste way better when they have been freshly peeled

  12. literally freshly grinds pepper for real with a meat mallet

    uses big wooden pepper grinder for his "freshly ground pepper"

  13. Archer might be awful but he owns it. I respect that as I also respect your skill and enjoy your videos.

  14. All the recipes I find for steak au poivre coat the steak in peppercorns. Is there a reason you didn't do that here?

  15. Hearing you talk about one of your heroes and "good eats" reminds me that Elton John is one of my heroes as well…

  16. Blue Label was the first scotch I ever tried and I didn’t appreciate it at the time. After several years, a few dozen bottles of other brands, and a revisit to the Blue Label, I can confidently say that it’s worth $200 a bottle.

  17. You don't need that butter, nor the sugar.
    If you don't like the veggies just don't cook it.
    Eat more meat and more veggies instead of butter, sugar and alcohol.

  18. So like I'm rewatching this episode and I just noticed. You synced the little background rhythm to the tossing of the peas.

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