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      Title: Cajun Prime Rib
 Categories: Cajun Main dish Meats  
   Servings:  6
 
       4 lb Prime rib roast (10-1/2 lbs)      1/4 c  Black pepper   
     1/4 c  Garlic powder                     1/4 c  Salt   
       2 ea Onions, thinly sliced         
 --------------------------SEASONING MIX (OPTIONAL--------------------------
       1 T  Plus 1 tsp, salt                    1 T  Plus 2 tsp, white pepper   
 	    1 T  Plus 2 tsp, fennel seeds	     1 T  Plus 3/4 tsp, black
      pepper   
   2 1/2 t  Dry mustard                     2 1/2 t  Ground cayenne pepper   
 
   Remove fat cap off top of meat (butcher can do this for you) and
   save.  Place the roast, standing on the rib bones, in a very large
   roasting pan.  Then with a knife make several dozen punctures through
   the silver skin so seasoning can permeate meat.  Pour a very generous,
   even layer of black pepper over the top of the meat (the pepper should
   completely cover it); repeat with the garlic powder, then the salt,
   totally covering the preceding layer.  Carefully arrange the onions
   in an even layer on top so as not to knock off the seasoning.  Place
   the fat cap back on top.  Refrigerate 24 hours.
   Bake ribs in a 550F oven until the fat is dark brown and crispy on top,
   about 35 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool slightly.  Refrigerate
   until well chilled, about 3 hours.  (this is done so the juices will
   solidify and the steaks can be cooked rare.)  Remove fat cap and
   disgard.  With the blade of a large knife, scrape off the onions and
   as much of the seasonings as possible and discard.  Then with a long
   knife, slice between ribs into 6 steaks (4 will have bones); trim the
   cooked surface of meat from the 2 pieces that were on the outside of
   the roast.  Season and cook in your favorite way for steaks.
   TO BLACKEN THE STEAKS:  Combine the ingredients of the seasoning mix
   thoroughly in a small bowl; you will have about 8 tablespoons.
   Sprinkle the steaks generously and evenly on both sides with the mix.
   using about 4 teaspoons on each steak and pressing it in with your
   hands.
   Heat a cast iron skillet over very high heat until it is beyond the
   smoking stage and you see white ash on the skillet bottom--at least
   10 minutes.  (The skillet cannot be too hot for this method.)  Place
   one steak in the hot skillet (cook only one side at a time) and cook
   over a very high heat until the underside starts to develop a heavy,
   black crust, about 2 to 3 minutes.  Turn the steak over and cook until
   the underside is crusted like the first, about 2 to 3 minutes more.
   Repeat with the remaining steaks.  Serve each steak while piping hot.
   (*NOTE*:  If you don't have a commercial hood vent over your stove,
   this dish may smoke you out of the kitchen.  It’s worth it!  But you
   can also cook it outdoors on a gas grill; a charcoal fire doesn't get
   hot enough to “blacken” the steak properly.  If you have a smoke
   detector in your house, you will be able to determine if it is working
   correctly.  This is NOT a dish to prepare in an apartment building
   with a central fire alarm system wired into your smoke detector.  It
   causes great excitement!  Also, you can be guaranteed you will meet
   your landlord.)
   From Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen
  
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