This is really nothing more than a seared steak with a pan sauce. The deal is I like the sirloin to be bone-in and to cook it until just cooked through because it alters the texture and the taste just enough to make it more than a typical sirloin. I like to serve this with kasha with onions and parsley or mashed potatoes. Green beans or peas are a good way to round out the dinner and if you wanted a salad, a beet salad would be great. - thirschfeld —thirschfeld
Test Kitchen Notes
Thirschfield describes his Quick Braised Sirloin with Horseradish Sauce as "nothing more than a seared steak with a pan sauce," which is kind of like describing Casablanca as a movie that is nothing more than a love story with a war theme. Yes, it's that good. He takes simple, readily available ingredients, combines them in a seemingly straightforward manner, and the end result is complex, richly textured, and utterly irresistible. It has far more depth than your basic grilled sirloin, without having to wait hours for a pot roast. Four stars!!! - wssmom —wssmom
bone in sirloin steak, 2 lbs.
grape seed oil
fresh garlic minced
1 1/2 teaspoons
fresh marjoram, minced
2 to 3 tablespoons
1 1/2 cups
unsalted beef or chicken stock
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
chives for garnish, minced
In This Recipe
Pull the steak out of the fridge 30 minutes before you want to begin cooking and season it liberally with salt and a few grinds of fresh ground pepper.
Heat a large and heavy non-reactive saute pan over high heat. Add the grape seed oil and then carefully add the sirloin. Sear it till it becomes deeply browned. Flip and do the same to the other side.
Near the end of searing add the butter and let it melt but not burn. Reduce the heat to medium.
Remove the steak from the pan to a plate and add the flour and stir it in quickly. Add the garlic, let it become fragrant but not brown, and then add the stock.
Add the marjoram and the horseradish and season the braising liquid with salt and pepper. Bring it to a boil, add the steak and any juice back to the pan. Reduce the heat.
Cook another 10 to 15 minutes and then remove the steak to a warm platter. Turn the heat to high and reduce the pan sauce to thicken it.
Ladle sauce over the sirloin, garnish with chives and serve.