Rib Eye Roast with Black Garlic–Red Wine Gravy

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Rib Eye Roast with Black Garlic–Red Wine Gravy
Photo: © Michael Turek
Active Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs
Yield:
8

Ingredients

ROAST

  • 1 cup canola oil

  • 1/2 cup pitted prunes

  • 4 shallots, chopped

  • 1/3 cup rosemary leaves

  • 3 tablespoons juniper berries

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon pepper

  • One 5- to 6-pound cap-on boneless rib eye roast

GRAVY

  • 1 stick unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots

  • 2 heads of black garlic, peeled (1/3 cup)

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 tablespoon light brown sugar

  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon dry red wine

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 quart beef broth

  • 3 thyme sprigs

  • 1 rosemary sprig

  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

  • Kosher salt

  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Make the roast In a blender, combine all of the ingredients except the rib eye and puree until smooth. Set a rack in a roasting pan. Set the roast on the rack and rub the marinade all over. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350°. Roast the beef for about 2 hours, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 120°. Transfer the roast to a rack and let stand for 30 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, make the gravy In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in the black garlic, crushed garlic, flour and sugar and cook, stirring often, until a golden-brown paste forms, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of the wine and the soy sauce and simmer for 2 minutes, then add the broth, thyme and rosemary. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to 4 cups, about 30 minutes.

  4. Stir the remaining 1 tablespoon of wine and the vinegar into the gravy and season with salt and pepper. Strain into a gravy boat. Thinly slice the roast across the grain and serve the gravy alongside.

Make Ahead

The gravy can be refrigerated for 3 days and reheated before serving.

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