Did you have the most wonderful New Year's Eve? Sean and I were soooooo low-key. We originally thought we'd be in the DC area, but at the very 11th hour during the week of Christmas, we opted instead to stay home. It was too late to make reservations, and we were totally tuckered out from holiday travel, so we decided to see a movie, make fancy dinner at home and kick back two bottles of asti spumante.
A word on at-home french fries: they are time consuming, and somehow TOTALLY worth it. I can't explain why they're better than frozen french fries, but they are.
We sliced a large russet potato in two halves, then stuck one half with the handle part of the mandolin slicer.
To make the sauce, you have to move quickly and it gets SCARY up in this janks. I removed the steaks and tented them with foil, then poured out the extra fat. Then I added 1/3 cup of cognac and lit it with a lighter and shook out the flames. It was way scarier this time than last time, and definitely set off all the fire alarms, but whatever. It's worth it. Then, add a cup of cream, bring the mixture to a boil and then add a teaspoon of cognac and some salt. When it's thick enough to cover the back of a spoon, it's on.
Add the steak to the sauce and cover it, then plated it and spooned more sauce over it.
The sad part was that we were starving, so it was gone immediately.