Ah nothing says holidays like drinking yourself silly to accommodate tolerance for extended family. Well that and huge cuts of meat cooked to perfection. And I’m an equal opportunist so a little of both makes for even happier holidays.
I had a revelation (no not in the biblical sense — you have to be careful what you say this time of year — ) rather a seasoning one for cooking one of the most glorious meals of the season. I recall that I saw some cooking show that touted the best seasoning for prime rib was a rather simple one, and I’m a sucker for easy. Four little ingredients to season up that chunk-o-meat.
2. Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
Additionally I am lucky enough to have a great grocer in town, Oliver’s Market, with whom I placed an order for a five-bone prime rib last week. I awoke this morning with visions of (no not sugar plums) but juicy, succulent, and mouth-watering beef! I reread the chapter in “Keys to Good Cooking, A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes” by Harold McGee on Meat. A very good book, not a recipe book, but a great reference in best practices on cooking in general. I highly recommend anyone who enjoys cooking pick this up! Anyhow, back to the beef…
My roast was delivered home by “the wife” at around 10:45 am and I immediately began the preparation. The butcher is awesome, the bone is already cut nearly through, but still attached and the roast is already tied. I have milled about 3 tablespoons of black pepper which I rub over the entirety of the roast. I have also cut a large bunch of fresh thyme from my herb garden and have separated out the leaves from the stems. I then rub about 5 tablespoons of kosher salt all over the roast. Now, the revelation…
Last time I prepared one of these I think I just used some oil and rubbed the thyme leaves on the roast with the oil to afix them to the roast. This time, I thought, why not make some paste with the thyme and garlic. So I cut up a cube of butter, placed three large cloves of garlic and the thyme into the mixer and blended them all together until it became a smooth paste. It was almost like icing a meat cake!
Into the oven which was pre-heated to 525F for a quick searing (NOTE: I wasn’t really thinking and didn’t have the hood fan blowing so the damn smoke detectors started screaming about 5 minutes after starting). After searing for about 10 minutes, I turned the beast down to 250 and will cook it 30 minutes per pound (11 x 30 = about 5 hours). I’ll keep tabs on the internal temperature of the meat and pull it out at about 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, which should leave me a great medium-rare roast!
I’ll report back on how well this endeavor turned out and update you on the wine pairing (yet to be determined, but I’m thinking Stags Leap Cab for me) let the uninterested drink the cheap plonk.
Merry Christmas to All, and to all a sharp knife!
It’s a nice chilly evening up at the condo we are lucky enough to have access to through “the wife’s” family and we’ve just finished off a great bottle of Michel-Schlumberger “Coteaux Sauvages” and we still need more vino…
So it is on to the Seven non-vintage Red wine of Spain. This box of wine is a blend of, you guessed it, seven varietals including 24% Shiraz, 24% Cab, 11% Garnacha, 11% Graciano, 10% Tempranillo, 10% Merlot, and 10% Petit Verdot. If you are after your century club, this may help…
Anyhow, this is a red with a baked/cooked fruit character, not too bad and definitely a valid second bottle if you are trying to save the good stuff or have a house full of people who wouldn’t differentiate a great bottle with a handle of Gallo.
Read that last part, good for large family gatherings that tend to happen around this time of year… Get my drift?
Anyhow, I wish you all the best and happiest of holidays! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the NorCalWingman!
Wow, I can’t recall the last time I felt motivation to get some new content up on this blog. However, today while sitting around, enjoying winter brews and football, smelling the ribs I have cooking in the oven, I felt a tug at my creative heartstrings.
I got an extra pumpkin this year when we gathered up our annual haul for the “pumpkin hunt.” It was a Cinderella, which apparently is one of the better cooking gourds.
I am pretty excited to get this thing gutted up and roasted. I am dying to have a really good, homemade pumpkin pie, amongst other things I’m sure I’ll be making from the puree of pumpkin. I also took the time to harvest some of the seeds, I’m thinking this pumpkin has some good ass genes and I want a repeat performance next year!
Anyhow, I’ve been absent due to life (school, work, kid, etc… etc… etc…) School is done for the semester in a week or so and I’ll be graduating this upcoming Spring, so hopefully the time between posts won’t be counted in months, rather in days.
Happy Holidays everyone