Steak Diable #FrenchFridayswithDorie

The mood has been somber in our household. My dear father-in-law has been dealt an unexpected blow which has devastated the entire family. His cancer diagnosis has aligned our priorities again…it’s family first…all the other “stuff” is insignificant. We’ve been storming the heavens with prayers…and hoping for a miracle. But there is a pervasive sadness in the air…and all I can do in the way of comfort is offer my ear, hugs and a good meal. When this week’s Chicken Breasts Diable came up in our French Fridays with Dorie queue, I had no inkling of what this “Devil Chicken” entailed. Diable=Devil in French…and basically indicates the dish contains mustard…typically a strong Dijon mustard.  So it turns out it’s just chicken with a lovely mustard cream sauce…and that it can be made with filet mignon as well. Dorie explains how to tweak the original recipe with a little less white wine and a  nice slosh of Cognac to make a perfect sauce for beef. Bill was a little shocked to see this Steak Diable waiting for him for his Thursday dinner. He raved about the sauce…saying it really didn’t even need ketchup. Now that’s a HUGE compliment.

I served this steak with simple roasted vegetables. This would be an excellent meal for Sunday dinner or company…either with chicken or beef. It’s a keeper.

The recipe can be viewed here.

Comments

  1. I’m so sorry about your Father-in-Law–prayers and positive thoughts will be sent your way. Hang in there. The meal looks delicious.

  2. Oh no, hope things go better with you father-in-law. :(

    And congrats, you guessed correctly.

  3. This is the perfect recipe to feed Bill during these trying times. I like it better with meat, and you did a wonderful job Liz! You´re all in my thoughts daily, and stay strong my friend!

  4. Lizzy, sorry to hear of your father-in-law’s diagnosis. Hope that with medical care and lots of prayers, he will do ok. Oh, that steak diable is very in line with my protein and vegetable diet! No desserts, please hah! hah!

  5. Lizzy , my prayers are with you and your family ….. This meal looks delicious !

  6. So sorry about your father in law Liz – thoughts are with you all… This looks great with the steak – must try it!

  7. Lizzy,
    so sorry about your Father-in-law. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In times of sadness, we all need comfort food, and this steak looks like the perfect comfort food.

  8. So sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Praying for him and your family!

  9. Sad and sorry to hear about your father-in-law; hope and well wishes to you all. Thanks for making the steak version for all to see!

  10. I’m so sorry that you and Bill and family are going through a difficult time. You are included in our prayers and we pray for comfort and peace and also for the best possible outcome. Your meal looks fabulous. I’m especially happy Bill enjoyed it…he needs your skills and the added comfort and care they bring.

  11. Oh Lizzy, my heart goes out to you and your family. May you find the strength to make it through this difficult time. Your meal looks delicious and, more importantly right now, very comforting.

  12. I’m sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I hope he will combat the cancer. This beautiful steak must have comforted your husband. Food made with heart does miracles.

  13. Continued prayers to your family, Liz. This steak would certainly bring comfort and big flavour, sans ketchup.

  14. What perfect comfort food, especially during a distressing time. Sounds like it was just the thing for Bill. I’m sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts. Be strong.

  15. Liz, my thoughts are with you and your family at this time. I’m sure your family found a great deal of comfort in this meal, as you did in preparing it…just my kind of dinner…thanks for sharing!

  16. Beautiful job, Lizzy. I am so sorry about your father-in-law . When my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer years ago, it really knocked the wind out of our sails. I will keep your father-in-law and your family in our prayers.

  17. A simply beautiful meal, and surely one that offers up some much-needed comfort. So sorry to hear about your father-in-law, Liz. Sending positive thoughts to you and yours.

  18. So sorry to hear about your FIL, mine passed away a few months ago and I know how hard it is on everyone. Sending prayers that he has many more days ahead.
    -Gina-

  19. My thoughts are with you and your family, Liz.

  20. My positive thoughts are with you. Family health problems are always difficult. Your latest Dorrie meal looks wonderful.

  21. I think about you guys everyday Liz. Hoping that you all are coping. <3

    In the meantime, that filet looks WONDERFUL!! :)

    xoxo

  22. My thoughts are with you and your family. Yes, set backs and health issues have a way of reminding us of the “little” things in life which are actually often the “big things”. I imagine the wonderful meals you prepare are bringing much more comfort than you even imagine. That was some steak plate :) Stay strong and my fingers are crossed for better news in the future.

  23. So sorry to hear your family is going through another of life’s sadnesses we have no choice but to accept. My way of dealing with it is as you, I just cook up a storm to accommodate everyone. I have grown quite accustomed now to cooking for a gathering crowd and this dish has become a staple for that.

    Hand in there Lizzie.

  24. So sorry to hear about your Father-in-law. I have lost both my father and father-in-law to cancer.

    I loved this dish with chicken, I can’t wait to try it with filet mignon!

  25. Liz – I am thinking of you and your family. Sending lot’s of positive energy your way!

  26. Liz, I am so very sorry to hear about the illness of your father-in-law. How very thoughtful of you to prepare this delicious Steak Diable for your husband. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    All the best best from all of us here and do take good care of yourself!

  27. Liz I’m very sorry about your father-in-law. I will add my prayers to those of you and your family. A warm meal at these times it the best comfort and solace. I can’t wait to try this with beef!

  28. I am so sorry, Liz. This is the worst kind of news to receive. A lot of strength will now be required. My thoughts are with you. Great steak, by the way.

  29. I hope your prayers are answered! Your beef dish looks fantastic and so do your carrots and brussels sprouts. Roasted vegetables are the best.
    Hugs to you!

  30. Lizzy,
    So sorry about your father in law’s diagnosis. I’ll send good thoughts and many prayers. Hugs.
    All the best,
    Annamaria
    PS: Your steak diable looks delicious.

  31. I think you are the only FFWD participant who did go the beef route and I was pleased to see the happy outcome. Of course, I like my meat “rare” and you seemed to cook that beef perfectly, in my opinion.
    Another nice Post, Liz. You have been putting up nice food treats lately.
    There’s not much I can say to offer solace. The best advice I can offer is to just hold on tight. I put your F-in-L and your entire family on the Episcopalian prayer list several weeks ago.

  32. Oh, Liz, I’m so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. This will be a hard time for all of you. I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

  33. Liz–This recipe was certainly simple and worth keeping in our arsenals. I’m so sorry that you and your family are dealing with such bad news about your father-in-law.

  34. Sorry to hear about your father-in-law. I hope that his treatment goes well and that he has many days to spend with your family yet. I really liked the chicken diable, so I would be keen to also try it with steak – steak plus mustard is a match made in heaven.

  35. So sorry to hear your news. All else is certainly insignificant. I also made mine with steak. So good! I think Brussels sprouts would have been great with it. Sending uplifting thoughts your way!

  36. Prayers with your family. We have been there and still fighting. And, yes, nothing else is nearly important.

    Glad he liked it enough to NOT to put ketchup on it!!!!

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