How to Make a Tasty Sauce Diane For Buffalo Steak
You might be wondering why I choose buffalo meat over beef for this recipe. One, I thought "Buffalo Steak Diane" has a better ring to it than "Beef Steak Diane" and I wanted to let you know buffalo steaks and roasts are readily available now a days.
There are also advantages to eating buffalo meat because it is lower in calories, lower in fat, has a wonderful flavor and is very tender.
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Buffalo Steak Diane Recipe
For the Steaks
- 4 buffalo steaks your choice of sirloin or tenderloin
- salt and freshly ground pepper
For the sauce
- 1 ounce butter = ¼ stick
- ¼ cup finely chopped shallots
- 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 8 ounces demi glace
- ¼ cup Madeira
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice freshly -squeezed
- 2 tablespoons parsley finely chopped
- salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
- Season the steaks with salt and freshly ground pepper.
- You can either grill them or pan sear them in a skillet on your stove top. When done, remove them to a plate tented in foil to keep warm.
Making the sauce
- If you cooked the buffalo steaks in a skillet, use the same pan to make the sauce otherwise use a sauce pan. Melt the butter in the pan and sauté the shallots until they are translucent.
- Stir in the mustard, Worcestershire and demi glace.
- Add the Madeira wine, lemon juice and chopped fresh parsley. Reduce until the sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon.
- Finish by tasting and adjusting seasonings with salt and pepper.
Which variety of Madeira wine are you recommending? Malvaisia-Sweet, Bual-Less Sweet, Verdelho-Semi Dry or Sercial-Dry?
The Reluctant Gourmet
Hey Gene, great question. If you do a search for dry versus sweet Madeira wine for cooking and making sauces, you are going to find equal arguments for each. I really think it has to do with the recipe and your personal tastes. For the sauce with this Steak Diane recipe, I would tend to go dry but that's just my personal opinion.