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December 10 2012

Prime Rib and Oven-Roasted Potatoes with Bay Leaves and Sage

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    15 dried bay leaves, crumbled, plus whole leaves for garnish
    1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh sage leaves, plus whole leaves for garnish
    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    Coarse salt
    1/3 cup finely grated orange zest, (from 3 oranges)
    Freshly ground pepper
    1 (about 7 pounds) three-rib prime rib of beef, trimmed and frenched
    3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and halved lengthwise

Stir together bay leaves, sage, oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and the orange zest in a small bowl. Season with pepper. Rub herb mixture all over the roast. Refrigerate roast, covered, overnight.
Put potatoes into a large pot of water. Bring to a boil; add salt. Cook 5 minutes. Drain. Score lines lengthwise in potatoes using the tines of a fork.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Transfer roast, fat side up, to a metal roasting pan; let stand until it comes to room temperature, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Roast 15 minutes. Add potatoes; roast 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Roast, turning potatoes after 30 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into meat (away from bone) registers 115 degrees.for rare, about 1 hour.

Let stand 20 minutes (temperature should rise to 125 degrees., and slice. Garnish with bay leaves and sage.