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Hanger Steaks with French Onion Sauce

Hanger Steaks with French Onion Sauce


For the sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 large onions, quartered and very thinly sliced

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 bay leaf

  • Salt and finely ground black pepper

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 1/2 cup veal stock or beef consomme

  • 3 tablespoons creme fraiche or sour cream

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For the steaks:

  • 2 1-inch-thick hanger steaks (1 pound each)

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • About 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence

  • Kosher salt and black pepper

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  • Olive oil potato chips, cornichons, watercress and grainy Dijon mustard, for serving


In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, thyme and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Cook, partially covered, stirring occasionally, until the onions are extremely soft and a light-caramel color, 20-25 minutes. Add the wine and cook 1 minute. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, then remove from the heat and stir in the creme fraiche.

Meanwhile, heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high. Coat the steaks with 2 tablespoons EVOO, then sprinkle with the herbes de Provence; season. Using a paper towel, rub the skillet with the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO. Add the steaks and cook, turning once, about 8 minutes for medium-rare. Let rest for 5 minutes.

Slice the steaks against the grain, divide among plates and top with the onion sauce. Serve with the chips, cornichons and watercress. Pass the mustard at the table.