Pre-Cooking steaks for a house gathering?

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Has anyone ever pre cooked steaks and later just reheat it in sauce?

i have small kitchen and need to advance cook some meats like an hour or two before guests/friends arrive.

it wont be possible to cook 5-6 steaks and most of them prefer their steak medium...so i m thinking of searing at high heat and cooking it medium rare..later just reheat it by immersing in poivre sauce on the pan.

will this work or will it overcook the steak?
 

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We used to do this in catering all the time, especially for large, off-site events where we couldn't grill them to order.  We would mark them off then finish them off at the event.  Personally, I wouldn't finish them in the sauce.  I would just finish them in the oven and sauce them after they have come up to temperature.  Shouldn't be a problem.
 
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Has anyone ever pre cooked steaks and later just reheat it in sauce?

i have small kitchen and need to advance cook some meats like an hour or two before guests/friends arrive.

it wont be possible to cook 5-6 steaks and most of them prefer their steak medium...so i m thinking of searing at high heat and cooking it medium rare..later just reheat it by immersing in poivre sauce on the pan.

will this work or will it overcook the steak?
Yes. Its done all the time. I wouldn't reheat in the sauce. That similar to boiling (i know your not boiling it) and can make the meat tough. If you have an oven, finish it there then sauce it like normal... .
 
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Joined Oct 10, 2016
 
We used to do this in catering all the time, especially for large, off-site events where we couldn't grill them to order.  We would mark them off then finish them off at the event.  Personally, I wouldn't finish them in the sauce.  I would just finish them in the oven and sauce them after they have come up to temperature.  Shouldn't be a problem.
 
Yes. Its done all the time. I wouldn't reheat in the sauce. That similar to boiling (i know your not boiling it) and can make the meat tough. If you have an oven, finish it there then sauce it like normal... .
Thanks chefs!

makes lot of sense. you are right hot liquid will toughen up the meat. (what was i thinking!)

So I will cook them medium rare to medium....then reheat in oven at 250 F. later finish in sauce. 
 

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