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By Venzie

Rate this recipe 4.3/5 (15 Votes)
Prime Rib with Dijon & Whipped Horseradish Cream 1 Picture
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Servings 10
Preparation time 40
Cooking time 140

  • WHIPPED HORSERADISH CREAM:
  • 1 1 (6- to 8-pound) 3 rib, standing rib roast of beef; rib bones Frenched, do not remove the bones from the roast
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large 3 large carrots, peeled, roughly cut
  • 3 large 3 large celery stalks, roughly cut
  • 4 large 4 large shallots, quartered lengthwise
  • 1/2 bunch 1/2 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1/3 cup 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup 1 cup beef broth
  • 3/4 cup 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup 1/4 cup fresh horseradish, peeled, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons 2 tablespoons coarse grain mustard
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

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  • 2 teaspoons 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
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