Monday, December 28, 2009

Easy Foolproof Slow Roasted Standing Rib Roast - Prime Rib for a New Years splurge!

A Standing Rib Roast can strike terror into the heart of even the most seasoned cook. Part of it is not wanting to ruin such an expensive cut of beef....part of it is just not undertaking the roasting process very often, and being fearful of the task.

It's really quite simple, and is ridiculously easy if you keep the overall plan in mind ...Sear on the stovetop till a perfect brown.....roast long, low, and your meat thermometer....slice and serve.

A big Rib Roast is certainly a splurge in all but a carte blance food budget, but they are often on sale near holidays. Even at full price per pound, you can serve six for less than two prime rib restaurant dinners would cost.

MrMartha likes simple sides -- perfectly cooked green beans, with some crisped bits of fresh leg of pork (thank you Gale), silky mashed potatoes with butter, and really good rolls. Horseradish Sour Cream is traditional as sauce on the side. A simple salad and low key dessert are all you need to make a flawless special occasion dinner....or to make any dinner a special occasion.

Read More for full directions on the roasting process, and step by step photos.

The concept --
is to brown the outside of the roast first, this is neccessary because roasting at the low temperature will never crisp the exterior.
The long slow roasting period at low temperature gradually warms the roast, and leaves it perfectly juicy with a wonderful balance of textures.
There is no need to let the roast rest, it will serve perfectly direct from the oven. The roast will also hold perfectly for an hour or more in the oven at 150 to 175 degrees.

These directions are for a 3 rib, 5 pound roast, which has had the meat sliced from the bone plate, and then reattached with string -- most butchers do this, or will if asked. Sometimes this is called "Golden Lion Style" . MrMartha prefers the roast cooked just past medium rare, with a slight ring of darker color on the perimeter, with a lovely but warm pink center. If you prefer a rarer roast, it is also easily acheived.

You will need a roasting pan with rack, heavy dutch oven, meat thermometers (MrMartha prefers using both a regular and an instant read), vegetable oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder if desired.

Remove the beef from refrigeration about 2-3 hours before you plan to begin roasting, approx 20 - 30 min per pound, depending how warm your kitchen is.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Dry the roast with paper towels to remove any surface moisture.

Sear the roast on all sides in 1/8" of oil heated to hot but not smoking. Use the sides of the dutch oven to brace the roast as needed, and be very careful not to splash oil as you reposition the roast. Allow the roast time to turn a deep rich color, and make sure you have given attention to all parts of the roast.

Position the roast on the rack in the roasting pan, seating it with the bones down. Sprinkle liberally with salt, freshly ground pepper, and a little garlic powder if desired. Insert regular meat thermometer diagonally into the center of the roast, being careful not to go all the way to the bone. Make sure it is at an angle that you will be able to see through your oven window.

Place the roast into the oven, and immediately lower oven temperature to 225 degrees.
Allow 20-30 minutes per pound or fraction of a pound roasting time. Watch your thermomenter, and remove from oven when the roast is 125 degrees for very rare, 130 for rare, and 137 for medium rare.

MrMartha prefers to build in a little extra time, feeling it is better to hold the roast at serving temperature, rather than to hold the guests waiting to be calculate how long your roast should take, and then add an extra hour of time.

When the roast reaches the proper temperature, just remove it from the oven for a few minutes while the oven cools, and then return it, uncovered to the oven now set for 150 to 175 degrees. It will hold perfectly for an hour or more.

There is no need to allow the roast a long rest before carving, though five minutes or so is not a bad thing. Remove the roast to a carving board, snip the strings, and separate the bone section from the meat, slice the roast to your preference. (MrMartha likes a three quarter inch thickness) Use your longest sharpest knife, and make long strokes for the most beautiful slices. Place on warmed platter to serve.