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Prime rib roast cooking chart: How to make prime rib for New Year's Eve dinner

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Prime rib is one of the most popular New Year's Eve recipes to make if you're forgoing dinner out and staying home to ring in 2014.

If you're preparing your holiday dinner at home, it's likely you are searching for a cooking chart for prime rib or prime rib roast cooking times so your special meal turns out just right. While this isn't a "frugal" dinner choice, it's far cheaper to cook at home than it is to dine out on New Year's Eve.

Aside from baked lobster tails, a rib roast or prime rib of beef is a great entree to serve for an intimate dinner for two or for a crowd at your New Year's Eve party. It's easier to make than you think, but having a meat thermometer is a must so it roasts to the perfect temperature.

Click here for prime rib cooking times and directions for a perfectly roasted prime rib or rib roast. Serve with twice-baked potatoes (or try this recipe for amazing sliced garlic baked potatoes) and lemon roasted asparagus.

What's the difference between a Prime Rib Roast and a Standing Rib Roast? Simply put, the difference is the number of ribs in the cut of beef. A Prime Rib Roast is usually made up of 6-12 ribs while a Standing Prime Rib Roast is typically 2 to 7 ribs. Once it's roasted, you slice it into portions that become prime rib.

Some grocery stores will close early on December 31, so make sure you get the ingredients you need ahead of time. Plan ahead if you're feeding a crowd -- you may need to order ahead to get a roast that's big enough to feed everyone.

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