Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Valentine's Day Prime Rib

Moving right along, i decided that prime rib would make a fabulous Valentine's Day dinner. And it DID! Only the 2.25lb roast i bought took 2.5 hours to reach 140 degrees (basically ALOT longer then we expected). We ended up eating our fabulous prime rib at 10:30, lol.

First of all, the piece of meat i bought was nearly $40 (the most expensive meat i've ever bought to cook myself), this already put some serious pressure on me to get it right, cause you know, 2 bites into dinner, you can tell if you messed up the protien, and for this dinner, it was all about the prime rib!

I seasoned it with evoo, s/p, a little bit of ground thyme, and roasted garlic.
I used the basic guidelines of preheating the oven to 500, put the roast in for 5min/lb, then turn oven off and wait until the meat thermometer reaches 140 (no opening the oven to peak in the process), remove from oven, let stand for 10 minutes, carve and serve.

This is what it's like waiting for the temp to rise to 140. It's at 120, 20 degrees to go- woo hoo this is so exciting! It's at's at's at 130...132...133...134... Can you tell we were anxious! lol. At around 136, it climbed to 137, then started going BACKWARDS back down to 136. At this point we were starving and over 2 hours had passed, so i cranked the oven to 250 and it was at 140 within 2 minutes. FINALLY!

By the time we cut into it, the temp had risen slightly and it wasn't med rare as we'd hoped, but it was perfectly medium and delicious!

I served it with roasted garlic potato croquettes in panko. I got this recipe from my friend Lisa, and they were the perfect match for our prime rib.

Seasoned day old mashed potatoes (which i made with roasted garlic)
Oil for frying- i like canola!

Take the mashed potatoes, form patties, roll in panko, fry till golden. Could not be any easier.

Sorry, i have no more pictures, it was late, we were starving and it was time to eat! lol. Dinner was great, another intimidating meal squashed! :)

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