This week the Observer went in the kitchen with chef Raymond Arpke of Euphemia Haye, a Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant.
Arpke shared with the Observer his famous prime peppered steak, "a trimmed boneless steak rolled in cracked peppercorns, pan-fried and served with a hot & sweet orange, brandy, butter sauce."
Arpke has been the executive chef & proprietor of Euphemia Haye since 1980. He says Sarasota-Manatee Originals has been a great thing for Euphemia Haye.
"Even though I was friends with a lot of those people before, now we're even closer because we are committed to each other's business," Arpke said.
Check out the peppered steak recipe below and be sure to watch our video for detailed cooking instructions and more about Euphemia Haye, and the Sarasota-Manatee Originals.
PRIME PEPPERED STEAK
• 1 Cup (+/-) Corn or Peanut Oil
• 1 16 ounce Prime Sirloin Steak, trimmed
• Salt, to taste
• 2 Cups Cracked Black Peppercorns
• 1 ounce Brandy
• Yield: ½ Cup Sauce
• Juice from ½ Orange, (2 oz.)
• 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
• 3 oz. E.H. Steak Sauce
• 1 oz. Unsalted Butter, room temp.
The Steak — Heat oil in a cast iron skillet that will just hold the oil & steak comfortably. The oil should sputter, not smoke, when a drop of water is added. Salt the steak liberally and place it on a pan of cracked peppercorns. Pound the steak into the pepper until completely embedded on all sides. Fry the pepper-coated steak in the hot oil. Cook on both sides until the steak has reached your desired doneness.
Note: The steak will continue to cook while you prepare the sauce. Pour off oil and return pan, with steak, to fire. STEP BACK AND ADD BRANDY. Be careful, as a very large flame may result. After flames subside. Remove steak to a serving plate.
The Sauce — Add to the pan the fresh orange juice, Worcestershire sauce and E.H. Steak Sauce. Stir with a fork. Reduce sauce until thick, stirring occasionally. Fold in the soft butter and remove from heat immediately. Pour sauce next to the steak and serve.
Note: If you are serving more steaks, scale the sauce recipe, one recipe for each steak however, use only enough oil to half submerge the steaks during the frying process. The oil will bubble and rise.
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