Massaging the beef with a rosemary-garlic paste before cooking it gives the meat an incredible flavor and keeps it moist. Once the roast is in the oven, there's little more to do than lower the temperature a few times before it's ready to slice and serve.
- 1/2 bunch rosemary, leaves finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 8-to-8½ pound-pound bone-in standing rib roast
- Kosher salt
- 1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 pound baby carrots, tops trimmed
- 3 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 pound cremini mushrooms, stems removed, quartered
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2 bay leaves
1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
2. Combine the rosemary, garlic and cayenne in a small bowl. Add enough olive oil until it becomes a loose paste. Schmear the roast with the rosemary-garlic paste and really massage it into the meat. Seasongenerously with salt.
3. Put the onion, carrots, celery and mushrooms in the bottom of a roasting pan. Toss with a little olive oil and salt to taste. Add the wine, 1 cup chicken stock and the bay leaves.
4. Put the roast on top of the veggies; roast until the meat is really brown and lovely, about 45 minutes.
5. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F; continue roasting, rotating the pan halfway through, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meat reads 125°F. for medium rare or 130°F. for medium, another 2 hours 20 minutes. During the roasting time, occasionally spoon some of the pan juices over the meat. If the liquid level in the pan goes down too much, add the remaining 1 cup stock.
6. Remove the roast from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Let rest 15 to 20 minutes before carving. Taste the veggies and season with salt, if needed. Skim off any excess fat from the pan juices and remove the bay leaves. Slice the roast and serve with the veggies.