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                       HAMBURGERS AU POIVRE (PRODIGY)
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 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Meats
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    2       lb           Ground beef
    2       tb           Coarsely ground black pepper
      1/3   c            Red wine
    2       tb           Dijon mustard
    1       tb           Green peppercorns
    1       tb           Chopped fresh tarragon -- -OR-
    1       t            -Dried tarragon
      1/3   c            Whipping cream
    4                    Hamburger bun bottoms
   FORM GROUND BEEF into 4 patties about 3/4- to 1-inch
   thick. Press coarse black pepper into both sides to
   taste. Place patties on a plate, cover and place in
   the refrigerator. Combine red wine and mustard in a
   saucepan and place over medium heat on the stove. If
   using dried tarragon, add it now. Simmer until reduced
   by half. Add the green peppercorns and cream and
   simmer until liquid becomes saucelike. Remove from the
   heat and add fresh tarragon. Place a large, heavy
   skillet on the stove over high heat. When it is nearly
   smoking, add the hamburger patties. Cook 2 minutes.
   Turn the patties and cook on the other side until
   desired doneness, about 1 minute for very rare, 4
   minutes for medium-well. To serve, arrange a burger on
   a toasted bun bottom and generously spoon some sauce
   over the top.
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