Prime Rib 2008 and other musings

26 12 2008

I think I’m still in search of a prime rib recipe I can trust.

This year, we were fortunate in finding a 3-rib standing rib roast that we could afford!  I knew we’d have a lot left over, but we’d also have extra if anyone happened to be with us.  The roast was 6-1/2 pounds, well marbled, and looked plenty managable.  Next…search for a Prime Rib cooking recipe.

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The recipe we settled on said to pull the roast out for 30 minutes before cooking to permit it to come to room temperature.  After 2 hours, our roast still hadn’t achieved room temperature.   The recipe called for seasoning the roast with a rub and 1/2 cup of dijon mustard.  Keeper!  Oh my gosh that was a tasty crust!  Cooking…heat the oven to 500º – check;  seasoned & rubbed beef – check;  put in oven, fat side up for 5 minutes per pound (33 minutes) – check; turn oven off, let rest 90 minutes –  check;  remove from oven, roast should be about 140º internally – oops.  The roast registered 80º  Totally undaunted, I quartered some red potatoes, fired off the oven and set it at 425º, added the potatoes to my roast and waited…45 minutes later, the potatoes were nicely browned, and I determined we were DONE cooking!  No, I didn’t temp the roast.  I pulled it out, wrapped it lovingly with foil and proceeded to make Yorkshire Pudding.  When the puddings were done, I carved the roast.  Sure enough…it was a beautiful medium rare in the center, not overly rare at all.  Although the recipe didn’t work precisely for me, it’s close.  I found another recipe that recommends cooking at 400º…we may try that one next year, because 500º made for really smokey conditions in the house!   Incidentally…we liked the Yorkshire puddings!

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Yorkshire Pudding

1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 eggs

Whisk dry ingredients together in a bowl; whisk wet ingredients together in a mixing pitcher (4 cup measure will hold it all), whisk together until smooth.  Prepare a 12 cup muffin tin with 1 tsp. pan drippings per muffin cup, heat at 425ºF until hot.  Pour batter into cups to fill halfway.  Bake at 425º about 20-25 minutes until puffed and brown.   Serve with gravy or au jus.

I looked at a LOT of recipes before I decided on the quantity of ingredients.  These were the most common, relatively.  One thing I noticed was that the batter sizzled as I poured it into the hot tins…ooooh!  Drum roll for the drama!

Now…if you have suggestions for recipes that utilize leftover prime rib, please…SHARE!  *Ü*

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