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Cajun Prime Rib - Blackened

10 1/2 lb prime rib roast (4 rib)
1/4 cup black pepper
1/4 cup garlic powder
1/4 cup salt
2 onions, thinly sliced

1 tbsp plus 1 tsp salt
1 tbsp plus 2 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp plus 2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp plus 3/4 tsp black pepper
2 1/2 tsp dry mustard
2 1/2 tsp 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 discard. 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.

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. (FHT-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.)

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Mmmmmmm, September 25, 2004 - 09:25 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from UT
Better than the best steakhouse in town. Alot cheaper. Very good

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