Last week, I was asking you what you traditionally serve up for your big Christmas dinner, ham, turkey or…???  After getting some phone calls from those who are planning to serve up a juicy prime rib, all I can say is, "YOU did this to me."

Because now my husband wants me to serve one up for our Christmas dinner.  There’s only one little problem with this situation…I’ve never made a prime rib roast before!

Callers said the best way to cook a prime rib roast is to fire up the oven at the highest heat, then put the roast in the oven and turn the oven off. Ideally it would cook all day long. But how long is long enough? 

We’re planning on getting together around 6:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and I thought we’d have a few snacks and drinks before dinner. Then I would present this beautiful prime rib for everyone to feast on right around 7 p.m.  My biggest fear is that when we all sit down to dig in, someone says, “Could you pass the Black and Decker, please?”

Because it might take a chain saw to hack into this hunk of meat if it turns into a slab of shoe leather accidentally in my oven.

Seeing as though I’ve never attempted this feat before, I’m at your mercy!  Have you ever cooked a prime rib roast? If so, what’s the best “fool proof” way to cook one?