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Old 02-05-2016, 11:17 AM   #1
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Cooking Steaks - Question

I cook steak all the time, basically weekly. I have the pan sear, finish in the oven down to a science.

My question is this...

Can anyone think of any issues if I pre-sear 4 steaks, and then finish them in an oven approximately an hour later?

I am bringing steak and eggs to a friends house and to save time and room in my friends kitchen, I was wondering if searing the steaks at my house first would work.

I cook often, and theoretically I think this would work, but I've never done it before and was wondering if anyone had any insight to this.

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Old 02-05-2016, 11:34 AM   #2
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I wouldn't do it.

Take your steaks and the grill to your friends house and stand outside in the snow, it will be well worth the effort!

For an upscale brunch you could do a small beef tenderloin in the oven at your friends house.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/r...in-recipe.html

Good luck!
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Old 02-05-2016, 11:40 AM   #3
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Nope. Me neither. Prepare them at your friends house or pick another dish.
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:13 PM   #4
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Agree. You really aren't doing the same thing if you wait an hour to put them in the oven. It seems to me that the interruption in the cooking process is bound to change the result.
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:25 PM   #5
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Hi and welcome to Discuss Cooking

I wouldn't do it, either. When you sear and then place in the oven right away, the steaks are still hot when they go in, so they're properly cooked when they come out (assuming they're in there for the correct amount of time). When you sear and then wait an hour to roast, they cool off. By the time you get them into the oven, it will take longer than the other method to get them hot again, so they will be overcooked.
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Old 02-05-2016, 12:57 PM   #6
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I guess the only way you'd know for sure is to do it, but I wouldn't do it either. Start and complete at your friends house or not at all.
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Old 02-05-2016, 01:05 PM   #7
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Welcome to DC! I wouldn't do it either, but was just thinking about your idea of searing ahead of time, then wrapping in tinfoil. Put in a small cooler, wrap in handwarmers or a wireless heating pad and a towel. It probably wouldn't be as good as if you seared them when you got there.

A little cheap grill or hibachi and a small bag of charcoal to sear in situ might be better, then you can leave it as a hostess gift.
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Old 02-05-2016, 01:13 PM   #8
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Have you checked with your friend about this? If they know this is what you're bringing, and they can make the oven available, it shouldn't be a problem to also use a burner for searing. It only takes a few minutes to sear, so you're not saving much time.
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Old 02-05-2016, 01:17 PM   #9
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Did I read it wrong? The post said Pan sear? Where did the grill/bbq come from?
Just take pan with you and do at friends house just to be safe. I love my cast iron grill pan for this.
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Old 02-05-2016, 11:24 PM   #10
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You can do a reverse sear. And wrap your steaks in a clean towel and place them in a cooler till you get to your friends house, Then sear them, In a pan or on the BBQ.
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