Melissa McCabe's Tomahawk Steak & Whiskey Balsamic Onions

Melissa's been a regular customer of our Balsamics in her Feast food truck for years, so we were so thrilled to hear when she was selected for Great British Menu. We got her over a few weeks ago to cook this incredible meal (which we absolutely devoured!), and asked her a few questions about her career and her love of food.



  • Tomahawk Steak
  • 10-12 Shallots, halved 
  • 75g Butter
  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • A small bunch of Rosemary
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp Whiskey Balsamic Whiskey Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2-3 tbsp Bushmills Whiskey
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 3 tsp Kampot Pepper


  1. Crush whole Kampot peppercorns (we used pink, black and white from our friends at Bo Tree) using a mortar and pestle.
  2. Rub the crushed pepper on the steak along with a generous amount of salt.
  3. Sear the Steak in a hot pan,  basting in butter and fresh herbs while it's cooking. Cook 8 to 9 minutes first side the 6 to 7 minutes on the reverse side for medium rare, slightly less for rare.
  4. Once cooked, pour all of the melted butter/herbs over the steak and leave to rest on a plate while you cook the onions.
  5. In the same pan (don't wash because you'll need that flavour!), slowly fry the onions in olive oil.
  6. Halfway through cooking, drizzle on the Whiskey Balsamic. Flip the onions to ensure they are evenly charred on both sides.
  7. To Flambe - Cook this part in a well ventilated room with no flammable items nearby and make sure to wear appropriate protective clothing. Add the Bushmills Whiskey and set alight immediately. Make sure to use a long match/lighter to ensure you don't burn yourself. Flambe until all the alcohol has burnt off.
  8. Slice the steak to dish and scatter the onions on top of the sliced steak. The juice in the bottom of the pan makes a fantastic jus, which can be drizzled over the dish.
  9. Enjoy! This makes a great summer and spring dish to share with friends and family.