- 500 gm grape or cherry tomatoes
- 1 red capsicum
- 2 tsp cabernet sauvignon vinegar or other red wine vinegar
- 6 baby golden or red beetroot, trimmed, boiled, peeled and halved
- ½ tsp cayenne, plus a pinch
- 4 dry-aged yearling grain-fed rib-eye steaks (about 400gm each), at room temperature
- For shallow-frying: vegetable oil
- 75 gm plain flour (½ cup)
- 85 gm fine cornmeal (½ cup)
- 3 white onions, cut into 1cm slices and separated into rings (110gm each)
- ½ cup buttermilk
- To serve: grainy mustard
- 1Char-grill or barbecue tomatoes, turning for 2 minutes or until just beginning to collapse, then place in a bowl. Char-grill or barbecue capsicum for 5 minutes or until charred. Cool slightly, then peel, remove seeds and cut into thin strips, add to tomatoes with vinegar, beetroot and a pinch of cayenne, then season to taste and stir gently to combine.
- 2Brush steaks with a little oil, then barbecue over medium heat for 6 minutes on each side for medium rare or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate, season to taste and leave for 10 minutes.
- 3Meanwhile, combine flour, cornmeal and cayenne in a bowl. Toss onion rings with buttermilk in a bowl until well coated, then add to flour mixture and toss until well coated. Heat 2cm vegetable oil in a frying pan and cook coated onion rings, in 3 batches, for 45 seconds on each side or until golden, then drain on absorbent paper. Serve onion rings immediately scattered with salt, with steaks topped with a spoonful of mustard and charred tomato salad.
Drink Suggestion: The gutsy, roasted berry flavour of a French grenache-based red.