Serve roast beef with all the trimmings for an easy meal rich in flavor. The centerpiece standing rib roast is presented with roasted potatoes that are ridged with a fork so they can soak up ample pan juices. The potatoes can be boiled, tossed with oil, and refrigerated until needed.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove roast from refrigerator. Whisk oil, flour, 4 teaspoons salt, sugar, and pepper in a small bowl.

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  • Boil potatoes in a large pot of salted water until fork tender, about 10 minutes. Drain. Peel, and halve each potato crosswise. Run tines of fork over rounded side of each half.

  • Place roast in a roasting pan, ribs side down. Lightly score fat. Rub roast with flour mixture. Roast for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 degrees, and continue to roast, basting frequently with pan juices, for 1 hour more. Add potatoes, tossing to coat. Roast, flipping potatoes and basting meat occasionally, until thickest part registers 135 to 140 degrees on an instant-read thermometer (avoiding the bone) for medium-rare, about 45 minutes more. (Total cooking time should be about 2 hours.) Transfer to a cutting board, reserving pan drippings for Yorkshire pudding; tent with foil, and let rest for at least 20 minutes (or up to 1 hour) before carving. To carve, cut between each rib, then cut each slice into desired portions. Serve with horseradish cream.

Cook's Notes

Rib-roast tip: Order your roast in advance, asking your butcher for a 4- to 6-rib standing rib roast, larded on top. The fat will melt off during roasting, keeping the meat underneath moist and tender. The reserved drippings add richness to the accompanying Yorkshire pudding.

Reviews (12)

134 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 50
  • 3 star values: 30
  • 2 star values: 11
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2018
We love this recipe for a standing rib roast...we use it every year for our Christmas dinner. The potatoes and Yorkshire pudding are so good too. I make everything as the recipes say.
Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2018
I have been making this recipe for years and years - it is always a crowd pleaser, great for out of town guests, super yummy and super easy - you simply cannot go wrong with this recipe - it's that good, and that easy
Rating: 4 stars
01/19/2018
making it this weekend, looks good
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2018
I HAVEN'T MADE THIS IN AWHILE. I HAVE COMPANY COMING IN A FEW WEEKS AND THEY HAVE REQUESTED THIS. YOU CAN'T GO WRONG WITH MARTHA STEWART
Rating: Unrated
03/20/2014
Fabulous! However, as a previous reviewer noted, the cooking time is not accurate. The recipe says to take it out of the refrigerator, marinate and then put in the oven. I had my roast at room temperature and the cooking time was 2 hours (as the recipe states).
Rating: Unrated
12/25/2011
Roasted Pork Ribs
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12/28/2008
We used the entire menu for our Christmas dinner this year. It turned out very well although the roast took almost twice as long as the recipe indicates to reach 140 degrees. I had tried last year and it did not turn out well, but this year I went for a nice pad of fat on the roast and it made the potatoes and yorkshire pudding were fantastic. My family said it was our best Christmas dinner ever.
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12/27/2008
For Christmas dinner, I purchased a boneless ribeye roast. I used Martha's recipe above and the roast turned out beautifully! It had a delicious salty crust and was moist and tender throughout. I am no long intimidated by this dish and will most likely make it again in the future. Thanks, Martha!
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12/22/2008
To knappgp: The schedule for cooking a standing rib roast is 26min/lb for rare or 140 degrees when done, 30min/lb for medium or 160 degrees when done, and 35min/lb for well done or 170 degrees when done. For other boned and rolled roasts ad 5 to 10 minutes. I hope this helps in the future if not this month.
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12/22/2008
You would cook any size roast until it registers the proper temperature (135-140 degrees for medium rare). Less for smaller, more for larger... just keep testing with a meat thermometer.
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12/18/2008
How long for a 5 pound roast? Thanks PK
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12/18/2008
How long would you cook a 12 lb. Roast?