Christmas Eve on the Ranch

The Pioneer Woman celebrates Christmas Eve with prime rib and her favorite sides.

Ree's Go-To Menu

Living on a ranch means never having a day off, but Ree Drummond makes an exception on Dec. 25. The Pioneer Woman host, her husband, Ladd, and their kids (Alex, Paige, Bryce, and Todd) go to great lengths on Christmas Eve so they can sleep in and do nothing the next day. Ladd gives the cattle a double feeding, and Ree serves her big holiday meal, a prime rib feast. "When the meat comes to the table, that's the moment we all get excited about Christmas," she says. Ree keeps the rest of the menu simple: Yorkshire pudding (made with beef drippings), roasted potatoes and mushrooms cooked in red wine. "It's a Christmas Eve tradition everybody loves," she says.

 

Photographs by Con Poulos

Prime Rib

"Prime rib is the most impressive, seductive hunk of beef there is," claims Ree. 

Get the Recipe: Prime Rib

Yorkshire Pudding

You'll need drippings from the prime rib to make this classic British recipe. Make the batter before removing the beef from the oven. 

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Burgundy Mushrooms

Start these mushrooms in the morning — they take nine hours! If you can't stay home to watch the stove, make them in a slow cooker on low.

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Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Potatoes

"This is one of the simplest side dishes," says Ree. She uses a combination of brown fingerling potatoes, small purple potatoes and small red potatoes. 

Get the Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Roasted Potatoes