Thursday, March 10, 2016

Abe Lincoln's Butter-Browned Steak with Coffee-Mustard Sauce (1837)

  • 4 club or strip steaks cut about 1-inch thick
  • 2 tbspns butter
  • 4 tspns spicy prepared mustard
  • 2/3 cup strong hot coffee
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Brown steaks quickly on both sides in the butter in a very large, heavy skillet.  If you like. them very rare, remove at once to a hot platter and keep warm.  For medium rare or medium, turn the heat under the skillet to low and let the steaks cook slowly 5 to 8 minutes longer, then remove to platter.

Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper, and spread each with 1 teaspoon mustard.  Pour coffee into skillet and bring quickly to a simmer, scraping up browned bits on bottom of skillet.  Pour over steaks and serve.

(Origin - "Recipes from America's Restored Villages" by Jean Anderson, 1975. This recipe was taken from Lincoln's New Salem in New Salem State Park, Illinois.  Abraham Lincoln lived in New Salem from 1831 to 1837 before moving to Springfield "to embark on a career of statesmanship and law.")

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