The big focus this week is on special roasts. Whole standing rib roasts and NY strip Roasts in particular. This is the time of year to stock up if you can afford it. Even with these sale prices, you can easily spend between $50-$100 on a roast, but if you can afford to load up the freezer, do so now.
Take Advantage of These Special Sales
Remember Fry's and Safeway both require their own membership cards for their sale prices. Albertson's does not require cards for sale prices. Safeway also has several items that require coupons, or are only good on certain days.
Special Sales - $3 off all Deli party trays $36.99 and up | 10/$10 Rice-a-Roni, Daisy Sour Cream, Cool Whip, Evap Milk, more. Buy 10 - Save $5: Includes Yuban Coffee, Kraft Salad dressing, planters peanuts, more
Special Sales - Over 400 items @ 10/$10; Mix and Match, save $6 when you buy 6 participating Kraft and General Mills items.
Special Sales Friday & Saturday $5 sale; Spend $75 or more in one visit, get a $10 reward coupon.
Here is a copy of the shopping list below that you can download and print. Go through, and circle the items you want at each store. Shopping list for December 12-19.
|Whole standing rib roast $4.77 lb. / New York Roast $4.47 lb. /Several varieties of BOGO||Whole Standing roast $4.97 lb; / NY Strip Roast $3.77 lb. / Several other varieties, $3.99 lb.||$4.99 lb. Boneless NY roast.|
|Hamburger||$2.99 lb, 3 lbs or more 93% lean||$2.29 lb. 73% lean/ in 5 lb roll||$2.29 lean ground beef 73% lean / $2.99 lb. 93%|
|Steaks||NY Strip Steaks $4.77 lb.||$4.99 NY Strip steaks|
|Ham||$1.37, spiral sliced/ Shank portion $1.29 lb.||$.97 lb. Cook's half ham / spiral sliced ham, $2.69 lb.||$.99 half ham shank|
|Pork Loin||Pork Loin half Roast, $1.99 lb.||Half pork loin $3.49 boneless|
|Pork Roast||Pork Shoulder Blade Roast $1.87 lb.|
|Pork Chops||Buy 1, Get 2, Pork Loin chops||$2.49 lb. selected cuts|
|Chicken Breasts||$2.49 lb. fresh, B/S||Buy 1, Get 2 Free, Foser Farms Boneless Chicken Breasts|
|Turkey||$1.99 lb. Butterball fresh / $.79 Kroger frozen|
|Bacon||BOGO, Hormel selected||$2.99 ea Hormel selected||BOGO Farmer john|
|Salmon Fillets||$5.99 lb.||$5.99 lb.|
|Hot dogs||4/$5 Bar S|
|$4.99 5 lb. Bag cuties / Lg. Navel oranges $1 lb.||
2 lb. / $1 navel/ $6.99/ 5 lb. Clementine Cuties
|Apples||$1.99 lb. Honeycrisp||$1.49 lb. Granny Smith|
|Bananas||$.39 lb.||$.57 lb.||$.57|
|Blackberries/ blueberries/Raspberries||BOGO Blackberries or Raspberries||2/$6|
|Bell peppers||$.99 ea red or yellow|
|Tomatoes||2/$5 Cherry tomatoes or sunbursts||$1.68 lb. tomatoes on the vine||2/$6 Sunburst tomatoes|
|Onions||$.99 lb. sweet yellow|
|Green Beans or Brussel sprouts||$1 lb. Green beans||$1.99 lb, green beans or brussel sprouts||$1.49 brussel sprouts|
|Potatoes||$1.99 Russet 10 lb. Bag|
|Carrots||$.99 mini peeled carrots|
|Cheese||$2.99 Sargento shredded, 5-8 oz. Selected||$1.99 ea Kraft shredded with 6 participating items 5-8 oz. /$1.99 ea Kroger bricks||Lucerne chunk cheese, $5, 24-32 oz. Selected varieties, Friday & Saturday only|
|Cream Cheese||10/$10 Philidelphia Cream Cheese||Twin pack Philadelphia Cream Cheese $3.79|
|Milk||$1.67 gallon||$.88 1/2 gallon||$1.67 gallon, limit 2|
|Eggs||2 dozen/$3 large|
|Yogurt||Fage Greek Yogurt $2.99 17.6 oz.|
|Butter/Margarine||$2.48 lb. Land o Lakes Coupon||2/$5||
Imperial spread $.79
|Whipped Cream||Spray cans, BOGO|
|OJ||Simply Juice $2.48 Coupon||$4.99 Florida's Natural OJ, 89 oz.|
|Biscuits||10/$10 Kroger Cinnamon rolls or crescents|
|Vegetables||10/$10 Birds Eye Vegetables|
|Pizza||$5.99 DiGiornio or California Pizza Kitchen||2/$11 Digiornio Pizza plus||2/$10 DiGiorno|
|Ice Cream||$1.99 Kroger||$2.88 Breyers|
|Potatoes||2/$7 Ore Ida|
|Pies||2/$7 Sara Lee||BOGO Sara Lee|
|Fish fillets||$4.99 ea. Gortons|
|Chips||BOGO, Doritos||2/$5 Doritos / 2/$6 Kettle Band||$1.99 Lays|
|Coke||$6.49 20 pack||Buy 2, get 2 free 12 packs|
|Pepsi||4/$11 12 pack||4/$9 with $25 purchase||Buy 2, get 2 free 12 packs|
|7-up||10/$10 2 liter bottle||10/$10 2 liter||$2.99 12 pack|
|Pasta||10/$10, selected varieties|
|Tomatoes||10/$10 Hunts diced|
|Soup||10/$10 Campbell's Soup, selected||10/$10 Campbells Cream of Mushroom/chicken / Kroger broth 2$1||10/$10|
|Cereal||4/$10, get free gal. Milk, selected/ Chex Cereal $1.99 each when you buy 3||$1.88 ea. General Mills, must buy 6 participating items selected|
|Sugar||2/$5 C & H||White/brown/powdered sugar $2.49 C&H|
|Chocolate chips||3/$5 Nestle Morsels, selected - Friday, Saturday only|
|Flour||2/$5 Gold Medal||$2.29 Gold Medal|
|Cake Mix||2/$3 Duncan Hines||$.99 Betty Crocker Cake Mix or Safeway Marshmellows, with coupon|
|Brownie Mix||$1.49 when you buy 6 pariticipating items Betty Crocker|
|Deli Fried Chicken||$5.99/8 pieces|
|Bakery Whoopie Cakes||2 pack/$1|
|Bread||Sandwich bread 10/$10||$1.99 selected|
|Crackers||2/$5 Cheez-It||$1.99 Cheez-It|
|Bakery Pie||5.99 Pumpkin pie|
Want to print the shopping list? Here it is again: Shopping list for December 12-19.
Twice Baked Potatoes
I know mashed potatoes are traditional, but our family has always been a bit on the wild side. We prefer twice baked potatoes. Since we have a large family, we make a big batch. No precise measurements here, we just estimate.
10 - 15 potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes, rinsed in cold water
Chopped green onions
Diced fresh garlic
Grated sharp cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
Boil the potatoes in water until they are soft and ready to mash. Remove from water, let cool slightly. Put in a mixer bowl. If you have a lot, or your mixing bowl is small, you may have to make two batches.
Add a heaping amount of sour cream, a splash of milk, and the two eggs. Mix together. Add in green onions, garlic, salt and pepper, mix until smooth. If they're not smooth enough, add more sour cream. At the end, add in the grated cheddar cheese, but reserve some for later. Mix until it's the consistency of slightly dry mashed potatoes - not soupy, just stiff enough to hold their shape when dropped by spoonfuls. The cheese will mostly be melted, but there will be some flakes left to see.
Take out a cookie sheet. Cover with foil if you like because it will be kind of messy. Spray with cooking spray. Drop heaping spoonfuls (about 1/4 cup) onto the cookie sheet. Make a little indent in the top of the potatoes. Place under the broiler of your oven, and cook until the tips are slightly browned and the potatoes are stiff to the touch.
Pull the potatoes out, and put a couple of pinches of grated cheese in the indented portion of the potatoes. Pop back under the broiler until the cheese is melted. Remove from your cookie sheet to a serving plate.
(Extra tip: If you want to be fancy, you can use a large piping bag with a star tip to pipe the potato mixture to the cookie sheet.)
I apologize for the photo below, we should have taken a picture after being placed on the serving dish, but things were kind of hectic in the kitchen at the time. However, this photo does make the case for lining the cookie sheet with foil!
There are probably as many ways to cook a roast as there are chefs in this world. Cooking a roast may seem intimidating, but it's really one of the easiest meals to prepare. You can use sauce or marinate if you like, but my preference is to keep it simple for these expensive cuts of meat. So, I just rub the roast all over with generous amounts of kosher salt and fresh ground pepper and put in the oven. Some people like to add a little fresh rosemary to the rub. While rosemary is one of my very favorite herbs, I still prefer simple salt and pepper, but that's me.
Here's a great guide to understanding the different cuts of meat from Amazin Grazin Beef. It's worth printing out and tucking away into your favorite cookbook. Here's a temperature guide from Butcher Boy Market.
Here are some alternative cooking methods from Enjoy How to Cook.
The most important thing: Don't overcook it! Nothing can undo a well-done slice of meat, and if you like yours to be rare or medium rare, your disappointment can ruin the meal. You can always cook it a llittle more, but you can never cook it a little less. So, watch the roast carefully, and take it out of the oven when the internal temperature reaches 5-10º below your desired doneness. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes before carving, and it will continue to cook interally during that time.
As I said, everyone has their own approach to cooking roasts. No worries, with these low prices, you can try out a variety of different techniques in advance of the big day. You'll have a nice dinner and a trial run of your special day. Trust me, your family won't complain!
What do these videos have in common? The star of the show is the Prime Rib. As for the preparation? Well, that's where they differ.
Perfect Prime Rib from Food Wishes
Here's the recipe for the prime rib:
Want au jus with it? Here's the recipe for that:
Choosing, Preparing and Cooking a Prime Rib Roast
Here's the persective from a butcher.
Standing Rib Roast - Food Network
How to Prepare Prime Rib
This lady is preparing a roast the size our family needs! It takes 4 videos to see the entire method, but they're short.