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The inspiration for this delicious roast comes from chef John Besh's father-in-law, Pat Berrigan, who serves it every Christmas with horseradish sauce on the side. Besh opts to smear the roast with a horseradish, garlic and herb butter, which bakes to form an irresistible crust. More Centerpiece Roasts

December 2007

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Credit: © Quentin Bacon

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active:
20 mins
total:
4 hrs 15 mins
Yield:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 325°. In a food processor, combine the butter with the garlic, horseradish, thyme, rosemary and sage and process to a paste.

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  • Stand the roast in a very large roasting pan. Season generously all over with salt and pepper and set it fatty side up. Spread the horseradish-herb butter all over the top. Bake for about 3 1/2 hours, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 125° for medium rare. Transfer the roast to a carving board to rest for at least 20 minutes or for up to 1 hour before serving.

Make Ahead

The horseradish-herb butter can be refrigerated overnight. Let the butter soften before using.

Notes

If making Pat's Popovers, reserve 3 tablespoons of the beef fat from the roasting pan.

Suggested Pairing

This impressive rib roast will pair well with a substantial Cabernet Sauvignon; Cabernet's firm tannins help cut the richness of red meat, and its slight herbal edge makes a nice partner to the herb-horseradish crust.

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