In cooking as in life, simpler is oftentimes better. French cooking may have a reputation for complication, but, in reality, many classic homestyle dishes from “over the Alps” (d’oltralpe, as the Italians refer to things French) are quite simple.
To me, there is nothing that quite captures the spirit of simple, unpretensious home cooking in the French manner like a fine pan-fried steak accompanied with pommes frites (French Fried Potatoes). Like all simple cooking, however, it requires quality ingredients and sure technique—buy the best meat you can afford of the proper cut, and make sure to pay attention to detail; it makes all the difference if you want to achieve a result that is enticing rather than ordinary.
Lots of the same tips and tricks for grilling steak, which we’ve been over in the post on bistecca alla fiorentina (Florentine-Style Porterhouse Steak), apply equally to pan-fried steak, so you…
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