Lucky enough to have leftover beef? Here's how to warm it up and still keep the pretty pink center. 

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We love the holidays for many reasons: they are a time for visiting with friends and relatives, engaging in meaningful community and spiritual activities, and eating. Lots and lots of eating. Between church potlucks, family dinners, and Friendsgiving gatherings, many of us reach our limit with the traditional holiday turkey and ham. When hosting a small dinner party at home, many hostesses choose to serve a succulent, herb-crusted prime rib roast. This fatty, marbled cut of beef is a bit more expensive than the everyday ground beef so many cooks only purchase it for special occasions, then take great care when roasting it. When reheating leftover prime rib, you definitely don't want to lose that hard-won moist, pink inside. Here is how to get it warm again without losing that delicious, tender juiciness.

Reheat in the Oven

Steaming is a gentle way to warm up sliced prime rib. Use this method in the oven or on the stovetop. To reheat slices in the oven, preheat to just 250F. Add the slices of prime rib to a small baking pan with a few tablespoons of broth or leftover pan gravy (water works fine but it might dilute the flavor of the meat). Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and warm it in oven until the prime rib slices feel like they've heated through, about 10 minutes. Transfer the beef to a serving platter right away so it does not continue to cook.

Reheat on the Stovetop

If you would rather not heat up your oven, you can warm leftover prime rib on the stovetop using a steamer basket. Depending on the size of your pot, add anywhere from one to three inches of water to the bottom of the pot. Place the steamer basket over the pot and bring the liquid to a simmer. Wrap your slices of prime rib in a pouch made from aluminum foil, place the pouch in the basket, put the lid (if there is one and it fits over the steamer basket)on the pot, and allow the meat to steam for 3-6 mins. Carefully open the foil pouch to see if the meat has warmed through; if not, rewrap the packet and let it steam for a minute or two more. Once it is warmed, transfer the prime rib to a serving platter immediately so it does not continue to cook.

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Reheat in the Microwave

Use this method only when you don't have time for anything else. The powerful microwave can potentially, and very quickly, turn the pretty pink color to gray and cook all the juiciness right out of your prime rib. If you are in a pinch, and prefer warm beef to cold, here is how to reheat prime rib in the microwave:

Place slices of prime rib and a few tablespoons of beef broth in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover the dish with a lid or plastic wrap and microwave on high just long enough to knock the chill off or warm it through – about 1 to 2 minutes, depending on how many slices you have. Transfer the beef to a serving dish right away so it does not continue to cook.

Serve it Cold

Like fried chicken, prime rib is just as tasty (some would say even better) cold rather than hot. Use thinly slice leftover beef in sandwiches and main dish salads or chop it and add to a weeknight stir-fry.

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