Sunday, December 28, 2014

What to make for Christmas Dinner, Prime Rib Roast of course, King of the Yuletide Dinner Table

It was the night before Christmas and all through the house we were getting ready for Christmas and running like loons.

Yes that is not the real story but it was ours every year. And for this exact reason I elect to serve the King Daddy of all meat dishes for Christmas Dinner on Christmas day, the Prime Rib Roast. Why you say, well because it's actually easy that's why!

Many people look at large roasts with utter terror. Most of that terror stems from a fear of how to cook a large roast. How long to cook a large roast. And lastly what to do to it to make it delish.

Well the answers to these are actually fairly simple. And here they are.

One what methos do you use?
You can cook a large beef roast in one of two ways, either low and slow or high heat and rather quickly. I like the later cause it gives you a nice crust. That being said let me say it's really all about temperature especially when you do the faster method so buy yourself a good meat thermometer.

Two,  so how long so you cook it?

Well if you start with a 4 to 5 pound roast you would cook it for 30 mins at 450 degrees to sear the outside. Then reduce the heat and cook for 15 to 17 mins per pound after that checking 15 mins before the end of the total cooking time to see what you temperature is. Once it hits 120 to 130 remove it from the oven and cover it with foil. Let it rest as the temp. will climb to between 120 and 130. That should be perfectly Medium rare to rare.

What do you do to make it delish?

Well there are several things but simple salt and pepper can be very easy and delish. If you want you can try to add a rub.
This should be applied 1 hour into the total cooking process. Just remove the roast from the oven quickly slather it with your rub and then place back into the oven.
Resume cooking time from there.
A simple rub I use is mayo, horseradish, dijon, rosemary and salt and pepper. I mix this into a thick wet paste and slather the beast with it after an hour. The reason I don't put it on from the get go is it will burn if it's at the high temparature for too long.

So I hope that help you if you are going to make a roast during the Christmas season. It's all about easy sides and yummy salads and Christmas Dinner is a snap.

Rub for Rib Roast

1/4 cup mayo
1/2 cup Dijon
1/2 cup Horseradish prepared
4 stems of fresh rosemary leaves finely chopped
1 teaspoon of worchestershire
1 big splash of soy sauce
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 table spoon pepper

Mix and slather over the roast after 1 hour of cooking.

Enjoy Ya'll

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