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Apr 4, 2008 03:54 AM

Steak Diane

I have ordered steak diane at a Cajun restaurant and thought it was authentic. It is a cajun version. Grilled tenderloin topped with hollandaise sauce, fresh asparagas, and crawdaddies.
It is quite good but what is it really or is this just a specialty of this restaurant,

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  1. sounds like a speciality of this restaurant. I always had Steak Diane flambeed in a brandy sauce with shallots.

    1. Steak Diane is one of those older "classic" dishes, not unlike Red Velvet Cake, in that its origin is often debated, and there are many variations of its recipe.

      I do remember, that in the '60's, Steak Diane was considered very chic. In some restaurants it was prepared tableside. A flattened tenderloin type steak was seasoned with salt and pepper, sauteed in some oil and butter, then removed. Some minced shallots were then added to the pan and then you could include some of the following things: Worcestershire sauce, beef or chicken stock, wine, dijon mustard, lemon juice, chopped fresh parsley, mushrooms.... whatever you liked. As an option you could put the steak back in, add a little cognac and flambee it. A showy dish, quick to make.

      Your variation is not traditional, as you suspected.

      1. That's sounds like a twist on Veal Oscar - tenderloin instead of veal, crawdaddies instead of crab meat.

        Hmm - though Veal Oscar is with bernaise, I think .... Now I'm seeing some recipes w/ bernaise, some with hollandaise.

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          1. re: wdames

            Hi - looks like your post didn't get finished ...

        1. Authentic as to what?. if you authentically enjoyed it, that's what counts.

          This dish as you describe is very far removed from just about any version of 'Diane' you will find

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          1. re: FrankJBN

            Sounds more Creole than Cajun. Creole = uptown. Cajun = backwoods.