Well, I know this is late and I really apologize for that but I figured everyone was out doing post-holiday shopping this weekend while Dave and I were busy tiling our master bathroom (how is that for a great holiday). Pretty much everything we bought this week has already been written about here, except for the shining star of our Christmas dinner, prime rib.
Choice Seasoned Bone In Prime Rib – This was a great prime rib that Costco made even better by seasoning it for us with lots of garlic, sea salt, pepper, dill seed, coriander, red pepper, and paprika. It even had garlic cloves stuffed on the inside for an extra burst of flavor. We got it on Monday, and it made me hungry every time I got in the fridge because of the delicious smell of garlic. It was potent, but in that really, really good way. Of course, if you had something like a cheesecake in your refrigerator too, the odor of garlic might have made it less appealing. Luckily, it was all about the meat for us. And I’ll be honest, Dave picked the smallest one he could find and it was still enormous at just a shade under eight pounds. Of course, after we ate it we were glad it was so big because that meant plenty of leftovers. The cooking was very easy, even more so because it came in the handy little aluminum pans from Costco, so all we had to do was take off the plastic wrap and the foam tray that it was sitting on, and put it in the oven. The directions from Costco were to put the prime rib in the oven at 450 degrees for 30 minutes and then turn the heat way, way down to 200 degrees for 20 – 35 minutes per pound, depending on your desired doneness.
We like a rather rare prime rib, so we figured it would be about 25 minutes per pound; it took around 3.5 hours. We used our meat thermometer to monitor it until it got to an internal temperature of 125 degrees, and then we took it out and let it rest for 20 minutes or so before we sliced it. This little cooling off period for the meat, allows all the juices to settle and that way they stay in the meat, instead of oozing around on your cutting board. And when it was done, it was like a little piece of meat heaven! Perfectly seasoned, with a crunchy little crust, and then the meat was so tender and delicious. Because it wasn’t just that the seasonings made the meat good, like you can do with a lesser quality of meat, it was that the meat itself was tasty too. Seriously, it was perfect. We had to have leftovers twice, but honestly, it was just as good each time we ate it and no one was like ‘not prime rib again’. That was the benefit of preparing it rare, on reheating, it still maintained a tender texture. If they still have them when you are looking for something to have for New Year’s, you should seriously consider getting one. 7.96 pounds for $63.60 ($7.99 per pound). Item #: 36237.
With our perfect prime rib, we also had mashed potatoes and green beans too (both from Costco, of course).