Saturday, January 15, 2011

Prime Rib Roast with Herb Rub accompanied by Au Jus

Christmas dinner for us is usually either ham or prime rib and this is the second year in a row that I have decided it would be prime rib. Some of that decision comes from the fact that we purchase a quarter of a cow in November and we usually can't get through all of the roasts and steaks in a one year time frame unless we purposefully plan when to eat them. And since it is already in our freezer it would be an unnecessary expense to go out and buy a ham. It's also nice to eat something a bit more formal since we've just eaten turkey about a month prior for our Thanksgiving dinner.

For this prime rib I used the same herb rub that I posted earlier for a cross rib roast and it got rave reviews from my family. With the herb rub you didn't even need au jus and horseradish because it was delicious all on its own merit. However, I did make an accompaniment of au jus since sometimes it is nice to have something to dip your meat into for extra flavor and because I didn't realize just how tasty it would be with the herb rub. I would have to say that I liked the prime rib best on its own for Christmas dinner, but I liked the au jus sauce for the leftovers. The au jus recipe is posted below.

For the herb rub recipe, click here. You can cook it the same as the cross rib roast, or at 325 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes per pound. Check temperature to your liking using a meat thermometer.

Au Jus (click here for original recipe)
2 cups water
1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

In a large saucepan, combine the water, bouillon, pepper, garlic salt, and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 15 - 20 minutes.

Side Note: You may need to play around with the pepper a bit to get it to your family's tastes.



I just bought a jar of ORRINGTON FARMS Chicken Flavored Soup Base and Food Seasoning to use instead of Boullion cubes or granules. I'm sure there's a Kosher variety but I didn't see it in my local grocery store. (Thinking it may taste better) Maybe Wegman's or Price Chopper would have it.. Have you ever used this type of boullion?


They have Beef flavor too!

The Betz Family

I haven't used that particular product before. I don't use bouillon a lot (in fact I've had the jars sitting in my cupboard for a few years, I think). Many of my soup or stew type recipes use a broth or stock base. If you are using water/bouillon in a larger quantity then I have heard that you can substitute a broth or stock in it's place.


I do use home made broth or canned broth when possible, but I decided to use this product when I run short, hoping it would be more authentic in broth flavor than bouillon powder or cubes.