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Ring in the New Year Roast

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By Dan Clarke

It doesn’t have to be on the actual first day of the year, but we suggest you begin 2021 with a special meal someday soon.  

A good beef roast and bottle of red wine will provide a touch of easy elegance for your evening.

To make things perfectly clear, the following recipe is not my creation. It is one found at a website (beefitswhatsfordinner.com), that exists to promote the American beef industry.  While I have cooked rib roasts successfully and would love to dazzle you with some innovative culinary magic, I’ve screwed up a few times (and you don’t want to make any errors when you’ve spent a few bucks and have guests coming over).  The following recipe is foolproof. The people who produce recipes like this have access to competent professional chefs, who have tested them.

Whether you want to call the centerpiece of your dinner a rib roast, standing rib roast or a prime rib, doesn’t matter to us.  If you have confidence in your preparation, you’ll be stress-free and enjoy things more.

And the wine? Well, we can say that there’s almost an infinite number of possibilities. Don’t stress here, either.  Many dry reds would pair well. If you have a favorite, go for it. If you’re looking for a suggestion, though, we’d say try a Cabernet Sauvignon from a region other than Napa (a well-deserved reputation for Cab, but generally pricey). Check out the websites of producers like JLohr and Eberle in the Paso Robles area. Both produce reliable versions of this grape variety at various price points.

 

Rib Roast with Horseradish Sauce

Mastering a classic Rib Roast has never been so easy. Pair it with a garlicy pepper rub and a homemade horseradish sauce for out of this world flavor.

  • 3 hrs
  • 10 SERVINGS
  • 390 Cal
  • 48 g Protein

Test Kitchen Tips

Place roasts on a rack in a roasting or broiler pan to allow fat to drip away during cooking.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 beef Ribeye Roast Bone-In (2 to 4 ribs), small end, chine (back) bone removed (6 to 8 pounds)
  • Salt
  • Roasted Fennel (recipe follows) (optional)

Seasoning:

  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground mixed peppercorns (black, white, green and pink)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

Horseradish Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh fennel bulb
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated fresh horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh fennel fronds
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

 

Cooking:

1.            Heat oven to 350°F. Combine seasoning ingredients; press evenly onto all surfaces of beef roast.

Cook's Tip: Mixed peppercorns are sold in specialty food markets and in some supermarkets. Black peppercorns may be substituted. To easily grind whole peppercorns, use a pepper mill or coffee grinder (used only for seasonings). Or, place peppercorns in a food-safe plastic bag, squeeze out the air, and seal. Use the bottom of a custard cup, a rolling pin, or the bottom of a heavy pan to crush the peppercorns.

2.            Place roast, fat side up, in shallow roasting pan. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer so tip is centered in thickest part of beef, not resting in fat or touching bone. Do not add water or cover. Roast in 350°F oven 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 hours for medium rare; 2-1/2 to 3 hours for medium doneness.

3.            Prepare Roasted Fennel, if desired.

4.            Meanwhile, prepare Horseradish Sauce. Beat cream in medium bowl just until soft peaks form; do not overbeat. Add fennel bulb, horseradish, fennel fronds and salt; mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cook's Tip:

Whipping cream has reached soft peaks when the beater is lifted and the cream forms a peak that gently falls to one side.

Two tablespoons prepared horseradish may be substituted for fresh horseradish. Omit salt in sauce.

Two tablespoons chopped fresh chives may be substituted for fresh fennel bulb and fronds.

5.            Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135°F for medium rare; 145°F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 15 to 20 minutes. (Temperature will continue to rise about 10°-15°F to reach 145°F for medium rare; 160°F for medium.)

6.            Carve roast into slices; season with salt, as desired. Serve with horseradish sauce and roasted fennel, if desired.

 

Roasted Fennel: Trim off and discard fronds and stems from 4 large fresh fennel bulbs (about 3-1/2 pounds) to within 1 inch of bulbs. Cut each bulb lengthwise into quarters. Place on metal baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil; toss gently to coat, keeping fennel pieces intact. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt; arrange cut side down. About 2 hours before roast is done, place fennel in lower third of oven. Roast for 1-3/4 to 2 hours or until tender and lightly browned, turning and rearranging once.

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