While personal preference reigns supreme here, fresh or dried rosemary, thyme, oregano and sage are great complements to this king of cuts. Minced fresh garlic and a teaspoon or two of Worcestershire sauce can be mixed with the herbs to make a flavorful rub. Here are more recipes to make with fresh herbs
What can you serve with salt-crusted prime rib?
Salt-encrusted prime rib roasts at 325°F for most of the cooking time, so it’s important to choose side dishes that cook at that temperature or have a 20-minute bake time or shorter so they can bake while the meat rests. Pair this classic with another classic: twice-baked potatoes
! These potatoes can easily be prepared ahead of time and warmed in the oven for the last 20 minutes of roasting time for the prime rib. If they need a bit longer, keep them in the oven for an additional 5-10 minutes while the meat rests. When the meat is done roasting, crank up the heat for oven-roasted asparagus
Traditionally, red wines are a great pairing with beef—think deep, oaky flavors with a hint of fruit like a pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon. Burgundy and Beaujolais are two more great options. But if red isn’t your cup of tea, your favorite white wine will be the best choice. A dark beer also pairs well with roast beef.
How long will salt-crusted prime rib last?
The prime rib roast needs to be refrigerated until ready to roast. Keep it in the package from the butcher and place the package in a shallow pan in case any juices drip. Meat can be purchased up to 3 days before you’re ready to roast. Once roasted, leftovers can be stored in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 5 days. If you are lucky enough to have leftovers, slice the beef thin and use it in place of deli roast beef for these delicious pear and roast beef sandwiches
. —Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager