The majority of Americans love beef, and preparing the perfect prime rib dinner is nothing short of a culinary art form. Any chef who can make a perfect prime rib will find gainful employment at any number of fine restaurants. Savory, juicy, melt-in-your mouth texture, and an aroma that titillates the senses, prime rib, when prepared right, is an American treasured main course. If you follow this recipe to the letter, and use only the finest, grain or grass-fed cut of beef, you can make perfect prime rib in your home kitchen.
Perfect Prime Rib Supreme Recipe-
- 4 lb. premium quality, boneless prime rib roast (any size will do, as long as the roast is at least 3 pounds – see notes below for cooking times depending on poundage)
- 2 tbsp. freshly ground black peppercorns
- freshly ground coarse sea salt, to taste
- 2 tbsp. herbes de Provence
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- If your rib roast has been refrigerated, place it on a platter, and allow it to warm up to room temperature – about 3 or 4 hours should do it.
- Preheat your oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the herbes de Provence, butter, and pepper. Mix well until completely blended.
- Use your freshly washed and patted dry hands to spread the seasoned butter mixture evenly all over the entire roast. Season the roast all over with a liberal sprinkling of freshly ground sea salt. Place it in a deep baking pan, and you are ready to cook.
- If your roast weighs 4 pounds, roast it in your preheated oven for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes, turn the oven off.
- Important! Do not open the oven door! Allow the roast to sit in the gradually cooling oven, uninterrupted, for 2 full hours. By the time those two hours are up, your house will smell wonderful, your stomach will be growling, and your mouth salivating, trust me.
- Finally, it will be time to eat! Remove the roast from the oven, take it out of the pan and place on a cutting board. Reserve the cooking juices for au jus condiment. Slice it into whatever thickness you like (my family likes a good inch to 1-1/2 inches thick), and serve. You will never taste anything more tender, juicy, pink and savory, than this perfect prime rib supreme. Goes great with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, any favorite veggie side dish (try Roast Asparagus with Chili Lime Butter – outstanding!), and many Americans like some sautéed mushroom on the side as well. Have the au jus on the table in a pouring vessel, for people to dribble over their cut of meat.
Note: For roast cooking times, the formula is simple. Multiply the number of pounds by 5. For instance, in this recipe, 4 lb. X 5 (minutes) = 20 minutes of cooking time. A 5 pound roast will need to cook for 25 minutes, and so on. If your roast does not weigh an even number of whole pounds, round the number up or down to the nearest whole pound. As an example, 4 lb. 7 (or less) oz. roast counts as 4 pounds, and a 4 lb. 8 (or more) oz. roast should be rounded up to 5, for time calculation purposes.
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