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“From Gourmet Magazine, December 1985. Sounds delish!”
2hrs 22mins

Ingredients Nutrition

  • standing rib roast (trimmed weight about 10 to 10 1/2 pounds, 4-ribs)
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, ground coarse
  • 2 teaspoons dried green peppercorns, ground coarse
  • 1 teaspoon white peppercorns, ground coarse
  • 4 whole allspice, ground coarse
  • 12 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 34 lb baby carrots, peeled, trimmed, blanched in boiling salted water for 4 minutes, and refreshed under cold water
  • 1 head garlic, separated into cloves, blanched in boiling water for 5 minutes, refreshed under cold water, and peel
  • 12 lb large shallot, blanched in boiling water for 3 minutes, refreshed under cold water, and peeled
  • For the sauce
  • 12 cup dry red wine
  • 2 cups canned beef broth
  • 6 tablespoons madeira wine
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot
  • 2 tablespoons dijon-style mustard
  • fresh thyme sprig (to garnish)


  1. Let the meat stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
  2. In a small bowl combine the black peppercorns, green peppercorns, white peppercorns, allspice, thyme, and coarse salt. Rub the meat with the mixture.
  3. Roast the meat, rib side down in a roasting pan, in a preheated 500 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Roast the meat for 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours more, or until a meat thermometer inserted in the fleshy part of the meat registers 130 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare.
  5. Twenty minutes before the roast is done, add the blanched baby carrots, garlic, and shallots, all patted dry, to the pan.
  6. (Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon if they brown too quickly.).
  7. Transfer the roast to a heated platter, drain the vegetables on paper towels, and keep them warm, covered loosely.
  8. Let the roast rest for at least 20 minutes and up to 30 minutes before carving it.
  9. Make the sauce:
  10. Skim the fat from the pan juices, add the red wine, and deglaze the pan over moderately high heat, scraping up the brown bits.
  11. Boil the liquid until it is reduced by half and transfer it to a saucepan.
  12. Add the beef broth and 1/4 cup of the Madeira wine and boil the mixture for 5 minutes.
  13. In a small bowl stir together the remaining 2 tablespoons Madeira, arrowroot, and the mustard; add the mixture to the pan in a stream, whisking constantly.
  14. Bring the sauce to a boil, whisking, and boil it for 1 minute.
  15. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and transfer it to a heated sauceboat.
  16. Arrange the roasted vegetables around the roast with the fresh thyme and serve the roast with sauce.

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