The 2020 Holidays Recipe Collection
How you doin’? My friend Kathy asked me, "What are the best ways to cook a Standing Rib Roast for Christmas?" First and foremost, find yourself a great local butcher who will help you get the best cut of prime rib and prepare it for cooking. I usually pre-order PRIME as that has the best level of marbelizing. Half of your meal success is in the hands of your butcher and the steer. The second half is all up to you. There is no need to bring the meat up to room temperature first; you're going for a pink center, so it's okay if the outside heats up faster than the inside.
Place the meat bone side down in a roasting pan that's slightly bigger than the roast itself. If the pan is too big, the juices from the meat will spread out in the pan and evaporate. If the pan is too small, the meat will steam and not roast. For a boneless roast, it's best to use a roasting rack.
If you've chosen a bone-in roast, the bones themselves will serve as your roasting rack. One side of the meat will have more fat on it; you want the fatty side facing up so the meat will baste itself as it cooks.
Don't add water to the pan, and don't cover it!
Have your butcher prepare the roast by cutting away the rib bones from the eye of the roast and seasoning the whole roast with a mix of sea or kosher salt, celery seed, sugar, black pepper, onion, garlic and arrowroot. I use Penzeys Prime Rib Rub or you can just use Lawry’s Seasoned Salt and black pepper. Then, have the butcher tie the rib bones back on to the roast. This gets all the seasoning into all the meat and makes it so much easier to carve and look like a pro at the dining room table.
Prime Rib Cooking Time and Temperature
How long does it take to cook a prime rib? Well, it depends. There are three ways you can roast a prime rib:
The Secret to a Perfect Prime Rib
You just spent $100++ on a seven-bone roast… you can afford to invest in an $7 (Amazon or Target) thermometer (you should have one in the kitchen anyway). A thermometer is the absolute best way to guarantee the roast turns out exactly the way you want it. For an accurate reading, push the thermometer into the middle of the roast, making sure the tip is not touching fat or bone (or the pan).
Medium Rare = 130-140° F
Medium = 145-155° F
Remember that the roast's temperature will rise at least 5 degrees after you remove it from the oven.
Let the roast stand, tented loosely with aluminum foil, for 15 or 20 minutes before carving to let the juices return to the center.
With prime rib, it's easy to satisfy everyone's preference for doneness. The slices taken from the ends of the roast will be the most done, and the middle will be the least doneness. Serve with pan drippings transformed into a simple Au Jus with some Horseradish Sauce on the side.
Beef Au Jus
This is the most minimalist method for doing a quick au jus for your prime ribs of beef. You can dress it up a bit with port wine, but that’s optional.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
1/2 cup beef fat drippings from a prime rib or other roast beef
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups beef broth
1/4 cup port wine (optional)
salt and ground black pepper to taste
This sauce is wonderful with Prime Rib or London Broil. It is also very good with Roast Beef. I use it on beef sandwiches like a spread.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup sour cream
ChefSecret: If you are looking to save a few calories to save room for pie you can substitute low fat mayonnaise and sour cream for the full fat versions. For a little extra punch you can grate your own fresh horseradish.
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