Pepper and Bourbon T-Bone Steak
3 tablespoons coarsely ground black peppercorns
Four 10-ounce T-Bone steaks
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
1/2 cup Buffalo Trace bourbon
2 tablespoons of Beef demi glace
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Salt to taste
Cover the steaks with the peppers to coat them on all sides, then season with salt. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed sauté pan over high heat for 1 minute. Add the steaks, two at a time if necessary to avoid overcrowding, and cook for 3 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer each steak to a dinner plate and set aside.
Add the shallots to the pan and cook for 2 minutes over medium heat. Remove the pan from the heat and add the bourbon, then carefully return the pan to the stove over low heat and cook until the bourbon is almost entirely evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add demi glace, raise the heat to high, bring it to a boil, and continue to boil until reduced and thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. Swirl in the cream and the butter and warm gently. Pour some sauce over each steak and serve.