There have been many times in my married life, that my sweetie and I have opted to enjoy a date night at home as opposed to going out on a special occasion. Early on, it was usually because of a lack of a babysitter or lack of money that kept us at home.
But, over the years, I actually began to prefer staying at home instead of putting up with crowded, intimate-less restaurants on special days such as Valentine’s Day. I still want a special meal on those occasions though – I just don’t want to put a ton of effort into it or spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
A meal featuring prime rib au jus hits all the marks. It’s a very special dish, but my friends, it’s sooo easy to prepare with very little effort and without spending much of the evening in the kitchen. I use this recipe from Nancy Fuller of Farmhouse Rules on the Food Network and I was amazed at how easy it was the first time that I made it.
- One 6 - 7 lb. bone in prime rib roast
- Kosher Salt
- Coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 4 cups beef stock
- 2 cups red wine
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary, with leaves removed from stem and chopped
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Season the roast liberally with salt and pepper.
- Set the roast on a rack inside a roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes. Do not cover the roast.
- Turn the oven temperature down to 350 degrees F and continue roasting until an instant thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 130 degrees F, for medium rare, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Transfer the meat to a platter and tent with tin foil to keep warm.
- Do not slice the roast at this point. Allow the roast to rest for at least 10 minutes.
- Place the roasting pan across two burners on the stove and turn them to high.
- Add the entire stick of butter to the pan and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen the cooked-on bits.
- Add the beef stock and red wine and cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
- Whisk in the rosemary and season with salt and pepper.
- Slice the meat between the bones, into individual steaks and serve each steak with the red wine au jus.
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Place desired amount of prime rib into a pan, add a few tablespoons of beef broth and cover tightly with tin foil.
- Heat until the meat reaches 160 degrees, when measured with an instant thermometer.