So, we’ve had the cognac hot dog, the cognac burger and, most recently, the duck fat-washed cognac.  But the latest food related cognac item we’ve come across is cognac steak nuggets…

Well, we don’t know about you, but the words ‘cognac’ and ‘nuggets’ in such close proximity certainly don’t sit too well together – in our humble opinion.  After all, it kind of seems like you’re likening a cheap burger joint to a bottle of aged, lovingly created masterpiece that is eaux-de-vie.

So what are they all about then?  Because when we saw the name ‘cognac steak nuggets’ we immediately thought of deep fried, well – nuggets!  But actually, on closer inspection we were proven otherwise.  And actually, these sound quite a yummy appetizer that you could serve at the smartest of dinner tables.

Cognac Steak Nuggets – Whatever next…

The Recipe

1/2 cup cognac

1 cup shiraz or merlot wine

1 cup soy sauce

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper

2 pounds top sirloin steak, 1-inch thick

6 slices bacon

Place cognac, wine, soy sauce, garlic powder, brown sugar and pepper in a mixing bowl and stir thoroughly to mix

Dice the steak into 1-inch cubes and place in the bowl with the marinade mixture. Seal bowl and refrigerate for 4 to 12 hours.

When the steak has marinaded, cook the bacon slices and drain.  Crumble the bacon and process in a food processor until very fine.

Cook steak on medium hot grill to desired degree rare/medium/well done.  Place on toothpicks while hot.  Sprinkle with bacon bits and serve.

So, as you can see, this does seem like a rather tasty recipe.  We just think that the name could be a little more, errr – upmarket, perhaps?  And don’t use that extra special bottle you’ve been saving for one off occasion.  A VS or VSOP will do the job just fine – adding that certain something to a quick and easy dish to prepare.

Sources: auburnvillager.com, Pic: Wikipedia 

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Jacki has been with Cognac Expert from virtually the beginning. She's the senior editor of the blog, and has spent much of her life living in rural France. Today she's based back in the UK, where she splits her working life between writing for Cognac Expert and working as a Paramedic at a large regional hospital.

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