Do you ever take that perfect bite of that perfect meal? The special moment when your eyes roll into the back of your head, your stomach is at once satisfied and insatiably hungry? All the taste buds are feeling good, and you are taking 100 percent total comfort in the fact that you made something utterly amazing?
This Rosemary Standing Rib Roast is that bite for me. So simple, so easy. Only 4 essential ingredients are needed to create this insanely delicious main course for your family.
If you have never made a standing rib roast, we are going to walk you through it step by step. You, too, will get to take that perfect bite of your perfect meal.
Rosemary Standing Rib Roast
What a wonderful season full of meaningful gifts and moments. Moments around the tree and table, sharing delicious food, talking about old memories and creating new stories. This year, our family is simplifying our holiday and getting back to the celebration of the time spent together. My goal is to celebrate what the holiday really means to our family.
For my family, like many others, recipes are at the heart of the Christmas celebration.
Recipes like my stepmom’s famous Christmas fudge. Memories of my Grandmother’s boiled custard. Our annual tradition of a big Country Christmas breakfast complete with salty ham and red-eye gravy.
Every family has their own favorites. We hope this Rosemary Standing Rib Roast will become one of yours.
This holiday inspired Rosemary Standing Rib Roast was a success thanks to the team at The Fresh Market.
The Fresh Market is a specialty grocery store known for providing a custom seletion of specialty foods. From December 13th through 26th, their juicy and tender Premium Choice Standing Rib Roast will be on sale for only $7.99 a pound.
The Fresh Market offers USDA Prime and Premium Choice Beef. Both options are worthy of being the star of your simple Christmas meal. The certified butchers the The Fresh Market (like Josh at the Brentwood, Tennessee location) are friendly and helpful. They will make sure your standing rib roast is flavorful and simple to prepare and serve.
TIP from our TFM butcher: One day before cooking, wrap your standing rib roast in two layers of paper towels. Place on a pan and sit it in the fridge. This helps age the beef and get a perfect crust. Also, let the standing rib roast sit at room temperature for 4 hours before roasting.
A cut of beef this amazing does not need much to make it perfect. Once I spotted this Rosemary Holiday Tree at The Fresh Market I immediately knew I was going to use it to flavor our standing rib roast.
What a perfect living gift this is. Isn’t it perfect? The tree shape, the wonderful aroma. Rosemary has so many uses in the kitchen. It is excellent for flavoring potatoes and other vegetables, meats, and more. (Grab two while you are there. One for your kitchen and one to give to your favorite foodie this Christmas.)
The Fresh Market is committed to being your one-stop shop for holiday entertaining. Visit your neighborhood store for unique gifts, inspiring ingredients, gourmet cheese and more. (Can’t wait to share with you our recipe using The Fresh Market Pure Madagascar bourbon vanilla paste we picked up.)
Plus their pre-made food items in the deli and bakery are amazing. They do all the work, you take all the credit. Click here to view The Fresh Market Christmas selection.
We finely chopped half a cup of the fresh rosemary leaves and blended it with extra virgin olive oil. Massage the rosemary mixture over the standing rib roast. (Don’t skip the sides.)
Then take a generous amount of Himalayan salt (also available at The Fresh Market), and sprinkle it evenly all over the rib roast. Press it in with your hands to ensure that it sticks to create an amazing crust.
Get the complete temperature and roasting instructions at the end of this post.
For the first 30 minutes, you want to sear the roast at a temperature of 450 degrees. This will create that gorgeous brown crust and lock in all of the juices. Reduce the temperature and continue to cook until the standing rib roast has reached an internal temperature of 120 degrees.
(This will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes, but actual cooking time will vary based on how large your roast is, your oven, etc.)
The Rosemary Standing Rib Roast will continue to cook as it rests. Let it stand for 20 minutes before slicing. You can use those 20 minutes to admire your masterpiece.
How amazing is this standing rib roast? Your family will love it. Serve along with your favorite side dishes and condiments. I love mine with horseradish and caramelized onions + roasted potatoes.
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Rosemary Standing Rib Roast
- 8 - 10 pound standing rib roast 4 bones
- 1/2 cup fresh rosemary leaves very finely chopped
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon Himalayan salt
Let the rib roast sit at room temperature for 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Sit the roast onto a rack in a shallow pan. Be sure the rib side is down, fat side up. Combine the chopped rosemary and olive oil in a small bowl. Rub the top and sides of the rib roast with the rosemary mixture. Sprinkle evenly with the salt and press in with your hands.
Place the roast in the oven and cook for 30 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees. Cook for 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature has reached 120 degrees for medium rare.
Remove the roast from the oven and let rest 20 minutes before slicing.