Since it is tops in tender and juicy flavor, prime rib is one of the most expensive cuts you'll pay for at the market, but
the price is well worth it and surprisingly easy for beginners to cook and serve.
How to Cook Prime Rib
Because the bones lend so much more flavor, standing rib roast is generally preferred over a rolled rib roast (with the ribs
removed). Either way, preparation traditionally entails a simple coating of sea salt, pepper and garlic powder; and
then allowing the roast to rest at room temperature for about an hour to allow the meat to absorb the spices.
Placed in a large roasting pan, ribs down, a prime rib roast can be cooked in one of two ways:
Some cooks prefer an initial roasting at 475°F degrees for 20 minutes to seal in the juices. Then they reduce the heat to 325°F degrees for the balance of the cooking time. (Using this method, allow 15 minutes per pound for rare, 18-20 for medium, or 25 minutes for a well done roast.)
Other cooks prefer slow roasting at 325°F for the the entire cooking time since they say the meat cooks more evenly and reduces the roast's overall shrinkage. (Using this method, allow 20 minutes per pound for rare, 25 for medium, or 30 minutes for well done.)
Servings per person: A four rib roast should provide an adequate serving for eight people, so allow for 2 portions per rib. If using a rolled (boneless) rib roast, allow for about 1 lb. per person.
How to make au jus - A thin, simple gravy - made from flavorful pan juices and bits from the bottom of the pan - is also simplicity itself to make. Pour the pan juices into a small sauce pan, add 1/2 cup of prepared beef stock (along with a 1/2 cup of
red wine, if desired) and simmer gently for several minutes. Voila! Aus jus gravy.
Prime rib wine pairings: Serve your favorite full-bodied red
wine such as pinot noir, zinfandel or syrah as a complimentary wine paring for this festive meal.
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