Meal Prep Monday: Holiday Edition

I have been a fan of prime rib and had been curious in making it on my own.  I once saw an episode on a cooking show of how one of their chefs prepare their prime rib.  It had intimidated me because they had prepared a brine for it to sit in, then had a spice rub to place on it.  For them, it was a couple of days or more process (but for me, it wasn’t very convenient!)  With the way the holidays are this year, we had the Monday after off, which would give me more time to experiment.

There are only three of us, so I didn’t need a big roast by any means.  Luckily, Trader Joe’s had a rib roast that is only 3 to 4 pounds total (with two ribs), which was perfect for me.  While talking to some of the people that work there, they had informed me that rib roast really is not as intimidating as I had initially thought.  As long as you can operate an oven and have a thermometer, you are in good shape!

The meat is removed from the package, then coat with olive oil and your desired spices.  I used a mix of salt, pepper, garlic and thyme.  Let the roast rest at room temperature for a couple of hours while the flavor of the spices set in.  Heat the oven to 450F.  Place the roast in a roasting pan and let it roast for 30 minutes.

For me, I didn’t have a roasting pan, but I had read that I can use my Pyrex as long as the roast is rib-side down (it acts as its own roasting rack).
After 30 minutes, decrease the temperature to 325F and leave in the oven until the internal temperature reaches 130F (medium-rare), or about 15 minutes per pound.  Remove the roast from the oven and tent with foil.  Let it rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.

For the New Year, my family likes to prepare dishes with noodles to signify long life, and green vegetables to represent money.  We also like to have lot of round things around, such as oranges, apples, or bread rolls.  All part of Asian superstition in hopes that the New Year brings us good fortune.
I was able to pair my leftover roast with sesame soba noodles and white bean stew for my meals for the week.

Perhaps for your next special occasion (or even “just-because”), you can try something new like I did, and be pleasantly surprised at the results.
Happy New Year!



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