Herb-Crusted Beef Rib Roast with Potatoes, Carrots, and Pinot Noir Jus

240 mins (prep 60)
14 ingredients
makes 10 servings
Nothing says Christmas quite like a standing beef rib roast. For starters, it's got good bones. And those bones give it stature—there's nothing petite about this hunk of beef—so it is a commanding presence on your holiday table. That other holiday favorite, beef tenderloin, can't begin to compare in brawn or beefiness. The rib meat has the most marbling in the steer, and it's that marbling that gives the roast its deep, minerally essence. The Pinot Noir jus condenses a bottle of wine into a richly hued and nuanced sauce that not only complements the roast but cuts through its richness. And while the beef rests after its turn in the oven, a minor amount of its marvelous rendered fat anoints carrots and potatoes, which helps goad them toward their own golden goodness. Editor's Note: This recipe is part of Gourmet's Modern Menu for A Christmas Classic. Menu also includes Green Beans with Caramelized Pecans and Tiramisu Yule Log .

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  • 1 (4-rib) standing beef rib roast (bone-in prime rib; 9 to 10 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup mixed peppercorns (pink, white, and green)
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 pounds medium yukon gold potatoes, peeled and each cut into 6 wedges (keep in a bowl of cold water to prevent discoloration)
  • 3 pounds carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle pinot noir
  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 1/4 cups reduced-salt beef or chicken broth
  • special equipment: heavy flameproof roasting pan (not glass) fitted with a flat rack; instant-read thermometer; 2 (18- by 13-inch) heavy rimmed sheet pans (aka half-sheet pans); parchment paper


Serving Size (205.7 g)
Servings 10
Amount per Serving
Calories 215.45 Calories from Fat 114.57
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12.73g 195.89%
Saturated Fat 4.6g 230.23%
Trans Fat 0.19g %
Cholesterol 51.29mg 170.95%
Sodium 993.74mg 414.06%
Total Carbohydrate 13.37g 44.56%
Dietary Fiber 3.81 g 152.41%
Sugars 6.61 g %
Protein 13.32g 266.34%
Vitamin A 22901.18IU% Vitamin C 8.06mg%
Calcium 53.4mg% Iron 0.96mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
plus, chopped fresh thyme, chopped fresh rosemary, yukon gold potatoes, chopped shallots, or, special equipment