Esterhazy Rostbraten (Beef Sirloin a la Ester

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Title: Esterhazy Rostbraten (Beef Sirloin a la Ester
Yield: 6 Servings
Categories: Beef, German


10 White peppercorns
1 Bay leaf
1 md Carrot, peeled and julienned
-into thin strips
1 Yellow turnip, peeled and
-julienned (about 2 cups)
1 md Celery root (celeriac),
1 c Clarified butter for
7 oz Slices of sirloin
1 md White onion, peeled and
-finely chopped
1/3 c Cognac
1/2 c Heavy cream
1 c Brown beef stock
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tb Butter

salt and freshly ground white pepper to taste sour cream (optional for

1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the peppercorns and bay leaf.
Briefly and separately blanch the carrot, turnip, and celery root. Refresh
the vegetables in ice water and set aside. Reserve the vegetable stock
resulting from the blanching and reduce to 1/3 cup. Remove the bay leaf and

2. Heat 2/3 cup clarified butter in a skillet and saute the sirloin over
medium-high heat until brown outside and medium-rare inside. Keep warm on a
covered plate.

3. Degrease the pan. Heat 1/3 cup clarified butter and saute the onion
over medium heat until golden. Add the cognac and reduce 3 to 5 minutes.
Add the vegetable stock and again reduce 4 to 5 minutes over medium-high
heat. Add the cream, lower the heat to medium, and reduce by half.

4. Add the beef stock and once more reduce by half. Add the lemon juice
and any meat juices from the covered plate. Drain the vegetables and stir
them into the sauce. Swirl in the butter and season with salt and pepper to

5. Place the meat on plates, topped with the sauce. The sirloin may be
garnished with a swirled piping of sour cream, pressed through a pastry

Serves 6.

From: VIENNESE CUISINE - THE NEW APPROACH by Peter Grunauer and Andreas
Kisler. ISBN 0-385-27999-X. Doubleday, New York. 1987 Posted by: Karin
Brewer, Cooking Echo, 8/92

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