For Valentines Weekend Make These Three Classic Steak Sauces for Some Tasty Variety

February 16, 2019

Do you often find yourself in a paralysis when faced with too many options? We have a solution for you: pick them all. (At least in this case.) Making three of these classic steak sauces instead of one will ensure a Valentines weekend date that ends in satisfaction, and is a not-so-sneaky trick to figure out the tastes of your date.


We chose a variety of sauces that are easy to make, and are essential for any home-cook’s repertoire. They provide a versatile range of flavors while still remaining within the approachable realm.

Mustard cream if you want that kick.

And if you have any left over, it’s always fun to figure out what else you can do with it.


Peppercorn, Mustard Cream, and Béarnaise Steak Sauces

  • Serves: 2 servings each
  • Active time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy


Peppercorn Sauce

  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper, coarsely ground
  • 1 tbsp. black pepper, whole
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • ¼ cup cream
  • Salt, to taste

Mustard Cream

  • ½ cup grainy mustard
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. shallots, minced
  • 1 tbsp. tarragon, chopped + 1 tbsp.
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup butter, melted and hot
  • Salt and pepper, to taste



  1. In a sauce pan, heat beef broth and black pepper until reduced to about half.
  2. Whisk in butter and heavy cream and continue to cook the sauce over medium heat until thickened.
  3. Season with salt to taste.

Mustard Cream

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and serve.


  1. In a sauce pan over medium heat, heat together the vinegar, shallots, and 1 tbsp. tarragon.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce until half.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a blender and blend on medium speed with the egg yolks.
  5. While the blender is running, stream in the hot butter until sauce is thick and emulsified.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Transfer sauce to bowl and fold in remaining tarragon.
Bea Osmeña SEE AUTHOR Bea Osmeña

Bea Osmeña is a healthy-ish eater who is just as likely to take you to a vegan joint as she is to consume a whole cheese pie to herself. A former picky eater, Bea has discovered the joys of savory fruit dishes, but still refuses to accept pineapples on her pizza. On the rare occasion you catch her without food in her mouth, you are likely to find her looking at books she can't afford, hugging trees, or talking to strange animals on the street.

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