Prime Rib Roast with Mustard and Rosemary Crust

IF you are still able to afford the roast, this was a great recipe which I made in the North for our friend. Ask the butcher to remove the ‘ribs’ and tie them back onto the roast! While it was in the oven, I added parsnips, potatoes and some great heritage carrots (the multi-colored types) after dropping the temperature to 250 degrees. The ‘jus’ was wonderful!

PRIME RIB ROAST WITH MUSTARD & ROSEMARY CRUST

Jennifer MacKenzie (LCBO Food and Drink Holiday 2009)

 With a simple mustard and herb seasoning, the wonderful beefy flavour of prime rib really shines. Searing the roast in a hot oven and then cooking it low and slow does take a little longer but it seals in every drop of juice keeping it melt-in-your-mouth tender. A good meat thermometer is worth the investment to make sure you get an accurate test for doneness. The slow roasting method reduces the quantity of pan drippings so the flavour of the jus relies on good-quality stock. Use homemade stock if you have it or the highest-quality prepared stock available. If you prefer thickened gravy, stir 2 tbsp (25 mL) all-purpose flour into the onions and cook for a minute before adding the stock.

FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ACCURATELY!!!!

5 lbs (2.2 kg) beef prime rib premium oven roast
½ cup (125 mL) grainy or Dijon mustard
2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh rosemary,
or 2 tsp (10 mL) dried
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1 tsp (5 mL) coarsely ground pepper

Rosemary Jus

1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tsp (5 mL) finely chopped fresh rosemary,
or ¼ tsp (1 mL) dried
2 cups (500 mL) beef stock
1 tsp (5 mL) grainy or Dijon mustard
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).

2. Place roast rib-side down in roasting pan. Combine mustard, rosemary, salt and pepper. Rub over top and sides of roast.

3. Roast for 10 minutes. Turn heat down to 275°F (140°C). Add whatever vegetables you prefer

4. Roast rib for 3 to 3½ hours or until meat thermometer reads 135°F (57°C) for medium rare, 4 hours or until meat thermometer reads 145°F (62°C) for medium or until desired doneness. Place roast on cutting board and tent with foil for 20 minutes.

5. To make jus, place pan over medium heat and stir in onions and rosemary; sauté for about 3 minutes or until soft. Stir in beef stock and mustard and bring to a boil, scraping up any bits stuck to pan. Simmer, stirring often, for about 5 minutes or until slightly reduced. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a warmed gravy boat. Serve slices of roast drizzled with jus.

Serves 8

Spring Rack of Lamb (GREAT for New Year’s Eve)

I know it is not spring, but this is the usual Christmas Eve dinner for Larry and I. Visit your friendly Costco for the rack of lamb. Our dinner is usually preceded by escargot in garlic and butter, with a touch of Black Sambucca liqueur to which we also add some crumbled blue cheese. Ok…we are blue cheese freaks! Our racks come with six bones and if we are hungry we each eat three (depending on how many escargots we have already eaten). The italicized remarks are mine…

The size of the eye of the meat will alter the time it takes to roast the chops. The thicker the eye, the longer it will take. In general, the rule of thumb is 15 minutes to the inch (2.5-cm).
1 rack of New Zealand lamb
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil

Marinade
2 tbsp (25 mL) grainy mustard
2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh rosemary
2 tsp (10 mL) chopped garlic
¼ cup (50 mL) olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Crumbled blue cheese if you like that….I find it incredible when just drizzled over the lamb when served!

1. Season racks with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a skillet over high heat and add racks, fat-side down. Sear until golden, about 2 minutes. Pick up the racks with tongs and sear the back and each end as well. Place on baking sheet.

2. For marinade, combine mustard, rosemary, garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper. Spread over racks, including bones. Marinate for 30 minutes.

3. Preheat oven to 450ºF (230ºC).

4. Bake racks for 12 to 15 minutes or until medium rare. Let sit for 5 minutes before carving down into chops. Serve 4 chops per person.

Sprinkle on the crumbled blue cheese!!!

Serves 4

 I like to serve it with baby whole potatoes and fried asparagus….