Monday, February 8, 2016

Romantic Dinner: Crusted Prime Rib

Today’s post is the next in our series of Blog With Friends theme collaborations. Each month a group of bloggers get together and each publish a project based on a theme. What I love about this partnership is that it’s not bloggers with similar interests or strengths but a diverse group coming up with a variety of posts. In any given month we may have a recipe, sewing tutorial, crafts projects, book review and/or a technology post all related to the theme of the month.

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This month's theme is Romance. There will be individual project pictures and links to what everyone else has to offer at the end of my post, but here’s a peek at what we all came up with:

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For my Romance project I'm sharing my recipe for Crusted Prime Rib. Now I'm not going to say something like "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach" because that's just plain sexist, even though there's some truth there. Luckily I live in a time when women are not the only ones cooking in a household. And when they do, it's not to snag a man. But there is nothing wrong with making the effort to put together a romantic dinner on a special occasion.

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Crusted Prime Rib

There are many foods that I can prepare once or twice and pretty much know that the recipe is a keeper. Not so with Prime Rib. My quest for the perfect preparation took years. I think part of the reason is that I don't make it more than 2 or 3 times a year, Chanukah, Valentine's Day and maybe in April for our anniversary, that's it. It's a special occasion dish in our house.

But as many times as I tried, adjusted, even worked with others' recipes I could not come up with that perfect one. Oh, it was good, always a special meal, but not quite right. Until now.

I based this recipe on one I had found, the starting place was not my own, but once I'd added my own touches I finally had a winner. This is the only way I make Prime Rib now.

I start in the morning by making a marinade paste. I rinse, pat, score and season the meat, then add the rub. I cover it gently with plastic wrap refrigerate, and let it sit all day.

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Prime Rib marinating

When I cook the Prime Rib, the rub forms the most delicious crust on the beef. And the flavor it adds is exactly what I was looking for.

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Slice after it rests so you don't lose the juices

Just a couple of notes: first, there is so much flavor in the drippings that you can easily make an Au Jus by pouring the drippings into a saucepan while the meat rests and whisking in about a cup of beef broth while heating. I also wanted to mention that although not pictured here, I always serve Prime Rib with my Popovers. My family wouldn't have it any other way!

I wish you all a lovely (and delicious) Valentine's Day. And, as always, any time you make one of my recipes, feel free to post a picture of it to my Baking In A Tornado Facebook Page. I'd love to see it!

Be sure to visit all of this month's other Blog With Friends projects:

Robin of Someone Else's Genius shares %@*! Romance: Anti-Romantic in an Enlightened Age.

Shannon of My Brain on Kids shares No Chocolate? No Candy? No Problem: Non Food Gift Ideas.

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade shares Sweets for my Sweet, a no bake pie when you're short on time but long on love.

Rabia of The Lieber Family Blog shares how to say "I love you" so your mate will understand, Using Love Languages to Romance Your Mate.

Lydia of Cluttered Genius shares the Best Love Songs EVER.

Melissa of Home on Deranged shares Romance on the Cheap, simple DIY projects to show your love. 

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Crusted Prime Rib

Printable Recipe

1 4-7# bone-in standing rib roast
pepper, garlic powder, onion powder
2 packages of dry onion soup mix
1 tsp beef bouillon granules
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp minced garlic
1 TBSP dried onion flakes
5 - 6 TBSP oil

*The morning of the day you'll be cooking your roast, cover a baking pan with heavy foil.
*Rinse and pat the roast dry. Place it so the bones are facing up and sprinkle the bones with pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
*Flip the roast over into the prepared pan so it's sitting on the bones. Score the top of the roast in a diamond pattern.
*Mix together the  onion soup mix, beef bouillon granules, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, minced garlic and dried onion flakes. Add the oil, one TBSP at a time until it forms a thick paste.
*Pat the paste into the top and sides of the meat. Gently cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
*Remove the roast from the fridge one hour before cooking, place on the counter and remove with plastic wrap.
*Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place the roast into the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue cooking for 20 minutes per pound. 
*Check through the oven door now and then to be sure the crust isn't burning. If it gets too dark, tent some foil over the top.
*Check with a meat thermometer about 20 minutes before the last 20 minutes. I cook mine to about 130 degrees, knowing the temp will come up a bit while the meat is resting.
*Place the pan on the counter with tin foil tented over the meat and allow to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving.


  1. Looks delish! I think this is one I'll have to come visit and try (but I'm not bringing the hubby) :D

    1. Sounds like a plan, just tell hubby you're running some errands, he'll never know!

  2. This looks so good right now...I almost licked the screen. This definitely one that I will try!

  3. Potato latkes? You made a wonderful sounding recipe even better with those, and asparagus (my hubbie's favorite vegetable). Ah, yum....Alana

    1. Yes, and I didn't even get my Popovers into the picture. Delicious special occasion dinner for sure!

  4. This right here is hubby's real love language!! I've never actually made prime rib, but maybe some day!

  5. Sounds interesting I do like a good roast

  6. That prime rib looks really good. I'd say your husband is one lucky man. Romance on a plate.

  7. This looks yummy! I think I see the trick, high oven at first then turned down for the remainder of the cooking time. You are so smart!!

  8. So simple and it looks delicious!


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