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Peppercorn-Crusted Rib Roast

Peppercorn-Crusted Rib Roast

Serves 8

  • 1/3 cup crushed or ground peppercorn medley (green, white, pink, & black)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon coarse-ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (8 to 9 pound) Certified Piedmontese® Standing Rib Roast (about 4 ribs)
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can beef broth
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • Garnishes: sugar pears, kumquats, and fresh rosemary sprigs

Have the butcher remove the bone and then tie it back on. This will give the roast more flavor, but allow you to easily remove the bone for carving.

Combine peppercorns and next 5 ingredients. Place roast, bone side down, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Spread peppercorn mixture over roast.

Bake at 325° for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into roast registers 140° or until desired degree of doneness.* Remove from pan and let stand for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing.**

Strain pan juices from roasting pan into a measuring cup. Skim off any fat drippings from top of juices, and reserve drippings for Yorkshire Pudding. Return pan juices to roasting pan; set pan over 2 burners. Add wine and broth to pan, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pan, and boil 5 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 1 cup.

Stir together water and cornstarch; add to broth mixture, stirring constantly, 1 minute or until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat and serve with roast. Garnish, if desired.