For the Hungry Family: Christmas Flank


So I didn’t really make this for a family get-together or a party of some sort. I tend to make classic/traditional dishes in those settings. This ended up being a nice fun dinner on a random weeknight, along with a bottle of wine. It tasted so juicy and so flavorful, though, that I just had to share with you to try for the holidays. Merry Christmas!!

Flank Steak

Prep and marinate the flank steak about 2-4 hours before dinner, then simply bake for 30 minutes in the evening before serving.

Christmas Flank
from Simply Recipes


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp of coarse black pepper

Flank Steak:

  • 1 flank steak, about 1 1/4lb, butterflied
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 6 to 8 thin slices of prosciutto
  • 24 medium sized fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch watercress for garnish (optional)
  • kitchen string


  1. To butterfly the steak, orient it first so that the meat grain is running up and down in front of you. Use a long, sharp knife to cut the meat in half, cutting from the side, and going almost all the way across, leaving 1-inch at the edge uncut (the hinge). The butterfly hinge should be in the same direction as the grain of the meat. Open the flaps of steak. You can even out the middle if you want so that the center is not as thick.
  2. Assemble the marinade and marinate the steak for 2 hours.
  3. Boil halved peppers until skin is black. Remove skin.
  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Place steak on a long piece of aluminum foil or wax paper, save marinade. Cover steak with red pepper, sprinkle 1 tbsp of parsley, cover with prosciutto slices, cover with basil leaves, sprinkle with cheese and the remaining parsley and pepper.
  5. Roll meat up from the bottom like a jellyroll. Tie in 2-3 inch intervals with kitchen string. Place in shallow baking dish, pour marinade over top. Bake for 30 minutes, basting twice. Let rest 15 minutes before serving. Cut into 1/2 inch to 1 inch thick slices, garnish with watercress.

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7 comments for “For the Hungry Family: Christmas Flank

  1. Lazaro Cooks
    December 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    That is a awesome hunk of beef. I'd take delivery if I could. Great job.

    All the best to you and your family during this holiday season.

    Be well, Jessica.

  2. Faith
    December 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I wish that's what my dinner on a random weeknight looked like, lol! This is beautiful and definitely perfect for any holiday.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

  3. John
    December 24, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Jaw-dropping shot. I can smell that perfectly cooked steak from the screen. Yes, I'll keep dreaming..

  4. Junia
    December 25, 2011 at 2:51 am

    i love making flank steak for ppl! i am going to add this to my -to make- list. :). beautiful festive dinner. merry christmas!

  5. Magic of Spice
    December 28, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Wow that is some meal! Beautiful 🙂

  6. Reem | Simply Reem
    January 16, 2012 at 4:19 am

    What well done meat… It is a true beauty….
    Wishing you a very Happy and Beautiful 2012 my friend.

  7. Elizabeth {Southern Elle}
    February 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Whoa! This sure caught my eye. Yum Yum!
    May have been a holiday dish, but I’d like a bite right now. Incredible.

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