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Our Favorite No-Fuss but Delicious Holiday Favorites
The holidays are just around the corner; for many reasons, this is our favorite time of year. However, one of our top reasons is holiday meals! It’s time to break out those delicious family recipes that bring the family together at the table now that the days are shorter, and the air is chillier. We want to share one of our family favorites with you to add to your cooking arsenal this holiday season. Because spending time with the family is essential, we prefer recipes that are quick to make but delicious to eat.
Slow Roasted Prime Rib
(Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook Time: 1HR 45 Min. Rest Time: 1hr)
Prime Rib can seem intimidating because it is a higher-priced cut of meat and by its size. However, we can always find a quality cut of prime rib at Costco, and their price beats taking the family to a restaurant. Typically, we buy a boneless cut and calculate the weight of the cut per person, so 1lb per person.
Here is What You Will Need:
- Wire rack and a baking disk (Preferably Cast Iron)
- Meat thermometer (this is essential if you don’t have one, you can get one on AMAZON for cheap)
- Prime Rib (Weight depends on the number of people. *Remember, 1 lbx person)
- Sea Salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 8 cloves garlic, minced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Horseradish (optional)
- Remove prime rib from the refrigerator one hour before cooking. Season your prime rib on all sides with salt, then cover it loosely in plastic wrap as it comes to room temperature.
- Before putting your rib in the oven, lower your oven rack to cook your prime in the center of the oven. Then, preheat your oven by setting it to 500 degrees F.
- Mix your ingredients together in a bowl to make an excellent seasoning blend in olive oil.
- Pat your prime rib down with paper towels. Then spread your seasoning blend on all sides of your prime rib.
- Place your seasoned prime rib on top of a wire rack in the cast iron baking dish and allow it to cook for 15 minutes at 500 degrees F. After 15 minutes, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and continue cooking till the prime rib reaches your desired temperature.
- Once your prime rib is about 5-10 degrees from your desired temperature, remove it from the oven, tent it with foil, and allow it to rest for about 30 minutes before carving.
- Carve your prime rib against the grain to slices about ½ an inch in thickness, and serve with horseradish and enjoy!
Rare: cook until thermometer reaches 120 degrees F (about 10-12 min/pound)
Medium rare: Cook until thermometer reaches 130 degrees F (about 13-14 min/pound)
Medium: Cook until thermometer reaches 140 degrees F (about 14-15 min/pound)
Medium well – Cook until thermometer reaches 150 degrees F
Side Dishes and Wine Pairing
Since prime rib is a special occasion dish, we like to pair it with sides that are just as delicious and easy to make; and don’t forget a good wine!
Buttery Mashed Potatoes
(Prep time: 25 minutes, Cook time total:30 minutes)
- 3lbs of potatoes (we use russets or Yukon Golds)
- ½ stick of Kerrygold Irish Butter (it’s the best!)
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- In a large pot, cover potatoes with water and add salt. Bring potatoes to a boil and cook until soft. (Typically takes 15 minutes for them to be ready. Also, we peel our potatoes before boiling, but it’s up to your preference)
- Once potatoes are soft, drain them and place them in a large mixing bowl. Add your ingredients and mix with an electric hand mixer. (You can also mash, but a hand mixer makes it so much easier)
- Once you have the consistency you like, place mashed potatoes in a serving bowl and enjoy!
- (Prep time: 10 minutes. Cook time total: 35 minutes)
- 2 lbs of asparagus with stalks trimmed
- Balsamic vinaigrette
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. place asparagus in a 9”x13” baking dish and season with ingredients generously.
- Bake until cooked (about 15-20 minutes), then serve.
Prime rib is a delicious hearty meal full of flavor, which is why a fruity wine with herb notes would really highlight the flavors in the meat. A good Cabernet Sauvignon would be perfect with prime rib. One of our favorite winemakers is Josh Cellars; they make delicious wines and have different bottles of good cabernets at different price points. We hope that helps, and Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
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