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Cafe de Paris Steak Frites

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In the famed Nisantasi shopping quarter in Istanbul, there is a bustling French bistro named Cafe de Paris. While enjoying a romantic lunch al fresco, we nonchalantly ordered the “entrecote with cafe de Paris sauce”. This was not your basic steak frites my friends! This dish was other-worldly. So I shamelessly begged the waiter to please ask the Chef for the sauce recipe. I got it, but in Turkish mind you, with no quantities listed. So, a few google translations later and some tinkering, here it is! Make it for a loved one for Valentine’s Day.

Recipe for Cafe de Paris Steak Frites

4 tbsp butter

1tbsp flour

1/4 cup milk

2 tbsp Roquefort cheese, crumbled

1 tsp dried thyme

1 tsp dried basil

1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped

1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped

1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

2 tbsp fresh celery leaves, chopped

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp sel de guerande

1 tsp black pepper

2 tsp coriander, cracked

Melt butter in saucepan and add flour to create a roux.
Add milk and Roquefort and simmer until cheese is melted.
Add all of the ingredients, stirring to incorporate.
Simmer over low flame until thoroughly heated.
Add more milk if a thinner consistency is desired.
Pour over steaks cooked to desired doneness.
Serve with french fries dusted with paprika.

*** Sauce can be made a day ahead and reheated or frozen and used in pats as a flavored butter on grilled steaks.

En joie!


Lynn Cardin

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