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Prime Rib / Standing Rib Roast Dinner Menu
Seven-Course Dinner - Menu and Recipes

First Course - Appetizers:
Appetizers served before dinner in living room

Creamy Bagna Cauda Served with fresh raw vegetables of your choice

Bagna Cauda


Goat Cheese Spread with Herbs and Olive Oil

Goat Cheese Spread

Don't serve more than one (1) appetizer, as you want your guests to have plenty of room for the rest of your wonderful dinner.


Second Course:

Served at the dinner table.

Shrimp Cocktail
What could be easier and more delightful than a shrimp cocktail to start off your meal?

Shrimp Cocktail

If it is crab season, you could substitute fresh crab for the shrimp in this dish.


Third Course - Salad:

Caesar Salad
My all-time favorite salad is the Caesar Salad. To many, including myself, this is the King of salads.

Caesar Sa;ad

Caesar Salads

Following is my delicious low-fat version of Caesar Salad. I promise you that your guests will never know the difference! I make this low-fat and easy-to-make version all the time. I serve this salad with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Low Fat Caesar Salad Recipe


Fourth Course - Palate Cleanser:

Grapefruit Star Anise Granita
This refreshing pink grapefruit granita is an ice with a hint of spice. Very delicious and is made ahead of time.

Grapefruit Anise Granita

More delicious Sorbet and Granita Recipes for you to choose from.


Fifth Course - Main Course:

Classic Prime Rib
What could be better than a delicious prime rib roast? I like to serve my prime rib with Yorkshire Pudding (recipe included).

Classic Prime Rib

Yorkshire Pudding
Photo by Jay McCall

Popover-Style Yorkshire Pudding
Made with the juices from cooking the prime rib roast.


Side Dishes:
A choice of these two dishes would be served with the main course.

Asiago and Sage Scalloped Potatoes
This is my family's favorite scalloped potato recipe. I especially like to make it during the holidays.

Scalloped Potatoes


Butternut Squash Gratin
Butternut Squash Gratin
This butternut squash gratin is so good! My husband gave it a 10 rating, and said that I can make it anytime I want - in other words, he liked it!


Sixth Course - Dessert:

Cherries Jubilee
This is a very simple but impressive dessert to serve your guests.

Cherry Jubilee


Seventh Course - Optional Course:

Cheese Boards, Cheese Plates, Cheese Platters

Entertaining frequently includes some kind of cheese tray, often with fruit or vegetables or meat or a combination of these foods. If you are short on time you can, of course, buy a fruit and cheese tray at most good quality grocery stores or online. But if you have the time, this is an opportunity to be creative and introduce your guests to some new cheeses. It's great fun!

Cheese Plate



A good way to end a meal is with a (decaf) latte.

Latte Coffee

How to make a perfect cup of coffee

How To Use a French Press, coffee press, plunger press, and/or press coffee

French Press


Etiquette, Entertaining, and Party Planning Help:

Learn how to cook the Perfect Prime Rib.

Check out all of Linda's Beef Recipes using various cuts of beef.

Cooking With Wine

Check out Dining Etiquette Guide- Party Manners and Etiquette.

Check out all of Linda's wonderful Dinner Party Menus (includes recipes)

Simple Rules for Planning a Dinner Party

Buffet & Party Safety - Organizing Your Buffet Supper

What is a Recipe? - Learn how to follow a recipe, why some recipes do not work, and about Mise en Place

Appetizer Recipes - Hors d' oeuvres, Starters, Amuse-Bouche, and Snacks

Appetizer Hints - How many appetizers to make for your party?

Food Safety Pages:

Buffet and Party Safety
Also includes what to do if your guests have been delayed at least an hour

Golden Rules of Food Safety
IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT! If you have any question in your mind about the freshness or safety of eating a food product, throw it out. It is better to be safe than sorry!

Picnic Safety Tips
There is nothing more American than the picnic. Picnics can take on many forms, such as the community picnic, friends and neighbors, tailgate parties, or ball games. There is also one sure thing at every picnic-lots of good food. The important point is to have safe and healthy food, not food that can cause food borne illness. Always prepare and store food properly.

Summer Safety Tips
Summer is the time for barbecues and picnics. The biggest party crasher at summer picnic and buffets is food borne bacteria. You can't see them and you can't taste them, but you sure can feel them if illness occurs hours or days later.


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