Perfect Prime Rib

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Every year starting about two weeks before Christmas people begin asking what my plans are for the holidays.  And every year I get caught off guard.  Being single with a married daughter means I spend either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day alone and some years it’s even both.  My daughter Kate, juggles the holidays between in-laws, her dad’s side of the family and me.  With all the divorce these days I’d take a guess at that’s pretty much the norm for 50% of the families in our country.  So when I get asked the “what are your plans” question, it immediately makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.

It’s not what you think, I have absolutely no sadness about being alone on any holiday, but I do have angst about being invited to the home of friends and figuring out how I’m going to say “no”.  As part of my 2014 NY resolutions I said I was just going to say no when I didn’t want to do something.  And since I’ve done just an “ok” job of saying no this year, I decided this was as good a time as any to redeem myself on that resolution.

And so it started, “Lynn, what are your plans for the holiday”?  “I’m alone Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we’re celebrating our holiday on the 26th.”  “You’re more than welcome to join our family”.  No, I already have my evening and day planned with myself, thanks anyway.  There, that wasn’t too bad….I can do this…just say no.  And so it carried on and I continued to say no and got bewildered looks from everyone.  Honestly, one year back in 2000 I spent Thanksgiving with a friends family and it was not fun, it was a dinner of hostility among family members and at that moment I vowed I would never do that again.  There is far more stress fitting into another family’s holiday than there is in spending the holiday alone.  Well, not actually alone because I always have my very best friends along…me, myself and I.

So here it is, Christmas Day.  Merry Christmas!  And if you think I’m going to make me, myself and I a super easy, heat-up meal with little prep and no clean-up you’re highly mistaken.  Welcome to my table where today I served my best friends Prime Rib, Crimini Mushroom Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes along with roasted Asparagus.  See, a holiday alone isn’t so bad, is it?  Now while I love to cook, I have no clue how to make normal things like roast beef or a prime rib but I’m in the mood to take a stab at something new.

I know I post a ton of food pictures without recipes, but that is now changing.  Merry Christmas, consider it my gift to you!  We can all become roly-poly, Santa’s together.

So here we go…the first recipe on my blog and it’s for Perfect Prime Rib.Every year starting about two weeks before Christmas people begin asking what my plans are for the holidays.  And every year I get caught off guard.  Being single with a married daughter means I spend either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day alone and some years it’s even both.  My daughter Kate, juggles the holidays between in-laws, her dad’s side of the family and me.  With all the divorce these days I’d take a guess at that’s pretty much the norm for 50% of the families in our country.  So when I get asked the “what are your plans” question, it immediately makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.

It’s not what you think, I have absolutely no sadness about being alone on any holiday, but I do have angst about being invited to the home of friends and figuring out how I’m going to say “no”.  As part of my 2014 NY resolutions I said I was just going to say no when I didn’t want to do something.  And since I’ve done just an “ok” job of saying no this year, I decided this was as good a time as any to redeem myself on that resolution.

And so it started, “Lynn, what are your plans for the holiday”?  “I’m alone Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we’re celebrating our holiday on the 26th.”  “You’re more than welcome to join our family”.  No, I already have my evening and day planned with myself, thanks anyway.  There, that wasn’t too bad….I can do this…just say no.  And so it carried on and I continued to say no and got bewildered looks from everyone.  Honestly, one year back in 2000 I spent Thanksgiving with a friends family and it was not fun, it was a dinner of hostility among family members and at that moment I vowed I would never do that again.  There is far more stress fitting into another family’s holiday than there is in spending the holiday alone.  Well, not actually alone because I always have my very best friends along…me, myself and I.

So here it is, Christmas Day.  Merry Christmas!  And if you think I’m going to make me, myself and I a super easy, heat-up meal with little prep and no clean-up you’re highly mistaken.  Welcome to my table where today I served my best friends Prime Rib, Crimini Mushroom Stuffing, Garlic Mashed Potatoes along with roasted Asparagus.  See, a holiday alone isn’t so bad, is it?  Now while I love to cook, I have no clue how to make normal things like roast beef or a prime rib but I’m in the mood to take a stab at something new.

I know I post a ton of food pictures without recipes, but that is now changing.  Merry Christmas, consider it my gift to you!  We can all become roly-poly, Santa’s together.

So here we go…the first recipe on my blog and it’s for Perfect Prime Rib.

Perfect Prime Rib
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I purchased this slab of prime rib that was labeled Prime Rib Roast, I selected this one because it was the smallest one I could find and it had a nice layer of fat on the top of it. I don't know why I thought it should have that but it seemed to make sense at the moment. Now as far as a recipe goes, I found a few on the internet that looked easy so I'm going to adapt a couple of them to my own tastes. Cross your fingers...
Servings
4-6 People
Servings
4-6 People
Perfect Prime Rib
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I purchased this slab of prime rib that was labeled Prime Rib Roast, I selected this one because it was the smallest one I could find and it had a nice layer of fat on the top of it. I don't know why I thought it should have that but it seemed to make sense at the moment. Now as far as a recipe goes, I found a few on the internet that looked easy so I'm going to adapt a couple of them to my own tastes. Cross your fingers...
Servings
4-6 People
Servings
4-6 People
Ingredients
  • 5 1/2 lb prime rib roast bone-in
  • 1 bulb garlic roasted
  • 1/4 cup Penzey's English Prime Rib Rub Small jar, this tastes great in Bloody Mary's too
Servings: People
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is preheating slice off the top of the garlic, just taking off the top tip of the cloves. Tear yourself off a square of aluminum foil and place the garlic bulb in the middle of the foil and drizzle with olive oil. Pull the corners of the foil together and twist to seal the aluminum square and place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes.
  2. In the meantime rinse the prime rib and dry it off with paper towel and make tiny slits in the fat side of the rib deep and long enough to fit a garlic clove.
  3. After the garlic is roasted, continue to leave the oven on but remove the roasted garlic, unwrap the foil and let it cool for a few minutes until it's comfortable to handle. Squeeze out the cloves and place them in the slits you cut on the fat side and rub any extra cloves all over to coat entire roast.
  4. Pat the English Prime Rib Rub over the entire roast,
  5. Set the roast on top of a small rack inside of a cast iron dutch oven, I recommend Le Creuset for even heat distribution. Not all cast iron is alike! The bone side should be down (fat side up).
  6. Cook the roast in the oven for 1 hour. DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN AND SNEAK A PEEK!!!
  7. At exactly 1 hour, turn off the oven. Leave the roast in the oven for 1 hour. And again, DO NOT OPEN THAT OVEN DOOR NO MATTER HOW TEMPTING!
  8. Without opening the door or removing the roast, set the timer for 30 minutes and turn the oven back on to 400 degrees.
  9. After the 30 minutes, remove the Prime Rib from the oven and remove the roast from the dutch oven and place on a cutting board and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving. Ta-da....
Recipe Notes

Following these instructions will yield the perfect medium rare prime rib.  I have no clue how to make it medium but I would imagine you leave it in the oven a little longer in the first and third steps.  And for well done....that's a felony so don't risk it!

The traditional way to serve prime rib is with Au Jus, you can pick this up ready-made but my preference is to eat it with a creamy horseradish sauce that I picked up in the condiments section of the supermarket.

There are all kinds of seasoning rubs that can be used but I happened to have this one on hand that I rub on steaks.  There's a Penzey's a few miles from ma maison, you can order it online from Penzeys.com.

Bon Appetit!

Lynn

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