I’ve been toying around recently with a method known as board dressing. The concept is simple – you treat your cutting board with olive oil, freshly ground salt and pepper, and fresh herbs, then cut your beef on it. It’s a great way to boost flavour and solves one of the real challenges of cooking a good cut of beef.
There’s always a fine line you walk when working with a quality piece of beef. Flavour it too much and you risk losing the beautiful flavour of the meat you just paid so much for. On the other hand, because a large cut of beef will take a considerable amount of time cooking you also risk overcooking your flavours (herbs, sauces etc.) and essentially losing any trace of them as well. Board dressing instantly solves both of these problems. You cook the meat with a simple rub of garlic and pepper, but then add a wonderfully fresh, delicious dressing when you carve it. The results are mouthwatering and superb. The flavour of the beef can stand on it’s own, but lightly dressed with some good quality olive oil and fresh chopped herbs moves it into an entirely other stratosphere.
Top that off with a recipe for Yorkshire pudding (essentially a bread cooked in the grease drippings of the beef), and life is all good.
Board Dressed, Dry Aged Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding
Serves: 6 to 8
1 (3 or 4-bone-in) standing rib roast, 6 to 7 pounds*
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon black pepper
Yorkshire Pudding (recipe below)
*Ask your butcher to remove the chine bone for easier carving. Fat should be trimmed to 1/4-inch thickness.
for Board Dressing:
6 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley, chopped
kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
for Yorkshire Pudding:
1 cup milk or soya milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup reserved drippings from roast
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Combine garlic and pepper; rub over surface of roast.
- Place roast, bone side down (bones take the place of a meat rack), in shallow roasting pan. Roast 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Roast until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F when tested with meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of roast, not touching bone, about 20 minutes per pound for medium.
- Meanwhile, prepare Yorkshire Pudding batter. Process milk, eggs and salt in blender or food processor for 15 seconds. Add flour; process 2 minutes. Let batter stand in blender at room temperature 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- When roast has reached desired temperature, transfer to cutting board; cover with foil. Let roast stand 10 to 15 minutes before carving. Internal temperature will continue to rise 5 to 10 degrees F during standing time.
- Turn oven up to 450 degrees F. Process batter another 10 seconds; pour into hot beef drippings. Do not stir.
- Immediately return pan to oven. Bake 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F; bake 10 minutes or until pudding is golden brown and puffed. Cut into squares.
- While pudding is baking, prep cutting board by spreading dressing over board. Carve roast and serve roast with Yorkshire Pudding.