The star of my Holiday dinner every year is the Prime Rib roast. It all starts with knowing how to pick the perfect roast to prepping it and cooking it. There's is no better roast then the standing rib roast for tenderness and flavor. And there is nothing to making one...just season it well and put it in the oven.
The Perfect Holiday Prime Rib Roast
1 standing Rib Roast (whatever size you want)
½ cup of butter (1 stick), softened
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon Montreal Steak Seasoning
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon parsley
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
2 teaspoons sea salt
Take your roast out of the refrigerator and let it set on your counter for at least 2 hours. You want it to be at room temperature before roasting. Make a mental note of how much the roast weighs as you will be pre-roasting at 5 minutes per pound.
When ready to prepare the roast, preset your oven to 500 degrees. While oven is heating, mix the softened butter with the oil and remaining seasonings until you have a paste. Pat the roast dry with paper towels on all sides. Turn the roast fat side up and smear all sides with herb butter.
Lay your roast on a rack inside a roasting pan. If you do not have a rack, crumple up some aluminum foil and lay it in the bottom of your roasting pan for your roast to rest on. You want it to be up off the bottom of the pan.
Now multiply weight of roast by 5 minutes for total cooking time at 500 degrees. The small roast you see in the photo was about 3 pounds and I set the timer for 15 minutes. Put the roast in the hot oven on the middle rack.
As soon as you reach your time, turn the oven OFF and do not open the oven door for at least 2 hours if your roast weighs 4 pounds or more. This will result in a perfect medium rare prime rib. The temperature at the time you remove the roast from the oven should be about 120-125 degrees. Remember, it will continue to cook outside the oven while resting.
For a rare prime rib you want the temperature to reach 115° degrees.
For a well-done prime rib, you want your temperature at 145 degrees.
Remove the roast from the oven when you get the desired temperature. Cover or tent loosely with foil, and allow it to rest for about 15 minutes before carving.
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