Christmas Dinner

We don’t usually do a Christmas dinner– not a real one, with guests and such.  We don’t really have any Christmas traditions besides our annual trip to Europe (which, as we sit in the airport, we are on our way to now).  So Terry, ever the guy into tradition, wanted to do something Christmasy this year– so he made a Prime Rib.

Prime Rib is one of those things that is incredibly easy to do, but really impressive.  The basic method is this:

Get a 5 pound or so prime rib, bone-in.  Rub it with a mixture of 4 parts salt to one part each pepper and garlic powder (or use your favorite rub).  Pop it into a 375 degree oven for one hour.  After the hour is up, turn the oven off and let it sit for at least three hours.  Don’t open the oven.  When that 3 hours is up (or you’re ready to serve it), turn the oven back up to 375 for 20 minutes-30 minutes.  (more if the bone is attached, less if your butcher has already pulled the bone away and trussed it up).

Pull it out of the oven, let it sit for about 10 minutes– it’s a perfect medium rare.

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This is what we did for dinner on Sunday– Katy came over to partake.  It turned out great (like Kate).  We served it with a baked potato and some horseradish cream (and wine).

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What’s your traditional Christmas/holiday dinner?