something different for Christmas

For the last I-don’t-know-how-many years, Terry and I have done turkey for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. For a few years we ordered a turkey breast from Whole Paycheck, but that was something of a pain because we had to head up into the Greater San Jose area, and any Whole Foods is by definition in a high-traffic congested area. Last year we discovered Rocca’s Market and ordered both our Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys there. This year we got our Thanksgiving turkey at Rocca’s, but for Christmas we decided we were in a rut. After discussing it, we decided to do prime rib for Christmas, and placed our Rocca’s order for that.

Terry has been known to order prime rib when we dine out, but neither of us has ever fixed it before. I’ve been sorting through a variety of variant instructions for cooking it, trying to figure out which one will work the best.

It will be an adventure. Suggestions welcome from those of you who have experience with this cut.


3 Comments on “something different for Christmas”

  1. Beth says:

    I’ve never fixed prime rib either! I do like to try different ways of making roast – this Christmas Eve I’m making a sirloin roast – after deciding not to do beef tenderloin because of the cost. Going to try a new recipe which is basically a ground coffee bean rub. Will let you know how it goes.

  2. This is our traditional Christmas dinner. Here are the tips we’ve gathered over the years…

    1. Use a thermometer. Don’t rely on recommended times alone.
    2. Pull it 4-5 degrees cooler than you want to serve it. It will continue to cook on the counter.
    3. Let it rest for 15-20 minutes, depending on size, before carving.
    4. This is where Lithus and I disagree on this comment: he likes a garlic/mustard/herb rub; I prefer a salt/pepper/garlic rub. Since we can’t decide which to recommend, you’re on your own there. 🙂
    5. The 15-20 minutes the roast is resting is a perfect time to make jus and Yorkshire pudding. If you need/want either of those recipes, drop a line over at mine and I’ll hook you up.

    Merry, merry Christmas, dear Mike and Terry!

    • Boston Pobble, Thanks very much for that! This syncs well with the various other instructions I’ve reviewed. And since Terry and I know what we want to do for the rub, I won’t take sides on that issue. 🙂

      A very merry Christmas to you and Lithus as well!

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