Classic Prime Rib: for rare occasions…well done

In honor of venerable Prime Rib.
Quintessential classic elegance for special occasions.
The magnificance is in the cut and the roast.
Stunning presentation.  Crusted or glazed.
Or simply roasted.
With gravy. Or sauced.
Simple classics well done for rare occasions.
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Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Sauce
For the roast:
1 (4-rib) prime rib roast with ribs (9–10 lb)
1/2 oz (2 tablespoons) dried porcini mushrooms, ground to a powder in a blender
1 tablespoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
For the sauce:
2 small onions (1 left unpeeled and halved lengthwise, and 1 peeled and chopped)
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
2/3 cup chopped shallots (about 3 large)
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 sprigs fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 Turkish or 1/2 California bay leaf
4 black peppercorns
1 (750-ml) bottle dry red wine such as a good-quality Côtes du Rhône
Cook Roast:
Let roast stand at room temperature 1 hour.
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 450°F. Trim all but a thin layer of fat from roast, then rub roast all over with porcini powder, salt, and pepper. Transfer to a rack set in a 13- by 9-inch roasting pan. Roast beef 20 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350°F and roast until thermometer inserted into center of meat registers 110°F, 1 1/2 to 2 hours more. Transfer to a large platter and let stand, uncovered, 30 minutes.
(Internal temperature of meat will rise to 130°F for medium-rare.)
Prepare sauce while meat comes to room temperature and roasts:
Cook halved onion, cut sides down, undisturbed, in 1 tablespoon butter in a 2-quart heavy nonreactive saucepan over moderate heat until browned well, about 4 minutes. Add chopped onion, shallots, carrot, celery, garlic, and 2 tablespoons butter and reduce heat to moderately low, then cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until chopped vegetables are softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Add tomato paste, herbs, bay leaf, peppercorns, and 2 cups wine and boil, uncovered, over moderately high heat until liquid is reduced to about 1/4 cup, 25 to 30 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve set into another 2-quart heavy saucepan, pressing on and then discarding solids. While wine reduces, soak porcini in boiling-hot water (2 cups) in a bowl until softened, about 20 minutes. Drain porcini in a paper-towel-lined sieve set over a bowl and reserve soaking liquid. Rinse porcini and pat dry, then finely chop. Set aside. Add porcini-soaking liquid, demi-glace, and remaining 1 3/4 cups wine to reduced liquid in saucepan and boil, uncovered, over moderately high heat, skimming off froth occasionally, until reduced to about 2 cups, 20 to 35 minutes. Stir in reserved porcini, then reduce heat to low and whisk in 1/2 teaspoon salt, any juices from meat accumulated on platter, and remaining 3 tablespoons butter until incorporated. For best carving, slice roast across the grain and serve with sauce on the side.
NOTE: Sauce can be made 2 days ahead and cooled completely, uncovered, then chilled, covered. Reheat before using.
Other simpler productions can be excellent for Sunday Suppers
Sunday Rib Roast
1 (2-rib) tied prime beef rib roast (from small end–about 4 1/2 lb trimmed)
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons English dry mustard
(such as Colman’s)
Accompaniment: onion gravy
Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 450°F. Put beef, fat side up, in a small roasting pan and sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Stir together flour and dry mustard, then pat onto top and sides of roast to form a thick coating. Roast beef 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F and roast until thermometer inserted into center of meat registers 115°F, about 1 1/4 hours more. Transfer beef to a cutting board and let stand, uncovered, 25 minutes. Meat will eventually reach 125°F (medium-rare).
Onion Gravy
A classic.  Great for leftovers.
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup canned beef broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cook onion in oil and butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, until onion is softened and browned, about 15 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in water, broth, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper and simmer, stirring and scraping up brown bits, until gravy is slightly thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and additional Worcestershire sauce if desired.
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