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Herbed Rib Roast

The pungent mixture of herbs and garlic turns this tender roast into a real treat. Our children and grandchildren look forward to feasting on it at Christmastime and other special family occasions. —Carol Jackson, South Berwick, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 1 beef ribeye roast (4 to 5 pounds)
  • 2 to 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram


  • Cut 15-20 slits in the roast; insert garlic. Tie the roast at 1-1/2-in. to 2-in. intervals with kitchen string. Combine salt, pepper, basil, parsley and marjoram; rub over roast. Place fat side up on a rack in a roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until meat reaches the desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Let stand 15 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
4 ounces cooked beef: 397 calories, 29g fat (12g saturated fat), 107mg cholesterol, 319mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 32g protein.

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  • amygattuso
    Jan 3, 2020

    Delicious but should have cooked a bit less. Tender.

  • he-rowe
    Jun 19, 2018

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  • aug2295
    Mar 13, 2016

    Awesome roast. The cooking time was underestimated for me - it was very rare at 2 hours, needed a bit more time. Served with chimichurri, yum.

  • KTSheehan
    Mar 26, 2013

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  • karenblessman
    Feb 19, 2013

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  • wasoongu
    Dec 25, 2012

    I made this for Christmas dinner and it was lovely. Everyone went on and on about how delicious the food was, to the point that I was embarrassed and had to find a way to change the subject. :0)I served it alongside au gratin potatoes (TOH recipe), sauteed green beans, homemade rolls, and cranberry punch.

  • PamRix
    Oct 18, 2010

    My family loved the herb dry rub! I have mixed up a shaker bottle of it to keep ready for hamburgers and meatloaf/meatballs. I also used it on vension steaks. When I use it on hamburger and meatballs I use garlic powder instead of garlic cloves. Also tried it on vension and it was excellent. For vension Iput rub with garlic powder in a pie pan and coated both sides of venison steak and put into fry pan with hot olive oil.My family isn't big on pepper so I did reduce the pepper just a bit.Fantastic recipe!