My photos of this part of the meal are horrible and anticlimactic, but the Roast was definitely not. A 14 lb or larger bone-in Prime Rib Roast from the venerable butchers Lobel’s was the star of the Christmas Eve Dinner. It was utterly superb. Rare at its core and increasing to a perfect medium near the edge of the roast, this was succulent, flavorful and incredibly decadent. There has been so much talk about the LACK of real Prime Beef in the U.S. lately, but Lobel’s clearly still has some pretty good sources. And they age their steaks for a further several weeks in order to concentrate flavor even more. At this point in the dinner, my focus on the beef, a few glasses of red wine and jet lag meant lousy or no photos! :) Served with slow roasted whole onions, sister also made popovers or yorkshire pudding that were light, airy and the perfect vessel or excuse to get more gravy or butter!
A salad of wild arugula, stunning yellow beets and small grape tomatoes was also served with a vinaigrette dressing. A total slam dunk dinner. Appetizers of various cheeses served earlier in the evening (sorry, no photos), the oysters, the Roast Beef and I was so full with all of that, I actually can’t recall what was served for dessert… oh, I think it was the fruitcake… Thank you sister and family for hosting a fantastic Christmas Eve Dinner!!!