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How does cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak sound as a Christmas dinner dish? Doesn’t the sound of this recipe make your mouth begin to water? It’s such a great recipe for stuffed flank steak and works well as a New Year, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe when you want something both fancy and tasty. It is so easy to Stuff and roll a butterflied flank steak, so don’t be intimidated.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This steak roll is the best New Year's, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe.

Cooking flank steak is a great idea for the holidays. This extra-special recipe for flank steak includes a rich, creamy filling plus cranberries for a contrasting flavour. So consider adding this easy recipe for steak rolls to your Christmas menu.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This steak roll is the best New Year's, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Flank Steak Ingredients

Festive flank steak pinwheels are straightforward to prepare and the ingredients should all be easy to find. You will need about 2½ pounds of meat for six servings. I’d recommend still making this amount even if you’re cooking for four, since leftovers keep well and are a delicious treat to enjoy later in the week.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This steak roll is the best New Year's, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This steak roll is the best New Year's, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe.

The cranberry filling for the steak roll ups is a combination of cranberries, rosemary, shallot, walnuts, blue cheese, cream cheese, and black pepper.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This steak roll is the best New Year's, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe.

The other ingredients you need are cranberry jelly, balsamic vinegar, onion, and garlic. Since the flank steak pinwheels are started on the stove and finished in the oven, you will also want to use a cast iron skillet to make it.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This steak roll is the best New Year's, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe.

I love this skillet from Amazon. It’s a great price and has nearly 12,000 5-star ratings. You can use it for a lot of different recipes too, like Dutch baby German pancake (which also makes a delicious Christmas breakfast or brunch!)

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This steak roll is the best New Year's, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe.

How to Make Cream Cheese Stuffed Steak

The first step is to combine the cranberry sauce, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, onion, and garlic. This is going to be your flank steak marinade. Pour marinade in a Ziploc bag or other reusable food-storage bag. Place flank steak inside and seal bag.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This steak roll is the best New Year's, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe.

Let it marinate in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. Give it at least 3 hours if you can so those flavours can really get into the meat. Take the steak out of the marinade, grind over some salt and pepper, and let it come to room temperature.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This steak roll is the best New Year's, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe.

Put all the filling ingredients in a food processor (or a blender if you prefer) and pulse for about 30 seconds. You will need butterflied steak so you can roll it up. On a cutting board cut the steak in half across the length of the steak but don’t cut all the way through. You can then pound steak lightly with a meat mallet.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This steak roll is the best New Year's, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe.

Roll Up the Flank Steak With Filling

Now you can spread the filling over the meat, roll the steak tightly, and tie the rolled steak with stuffing inside with cooking twine or kitchen string. Wrap the marinated steak roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for about 15 minutes to help it hold its shape.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This recipe for stuffed flank steak is a great holiday main dish.

Heat a cast iron skillet over a moderate to high heat. Meanwhile unwrap the meat, discard the plastic wrap and grind some black pepper over the meat. Sear it for a couple of minutes on each side, then bake it in the oven.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This recipe for stuffed flank steak is a great holiday main dish.

It will need about 20 minutes at 350 degrees F for medium-rare, so you can give it longer if you prefer it medium instead. For medium-rare, cook to an internal temperature of 130 degrees F to 135 degrees F. An instant-read thermometer or a meat thermometer is useful for this baked flank steak recipe.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This recipe for stuffed flank steak is a great holiday main dish.

Let the beef flank steak rest for about 10 minutes before slicing a sharp knife into flank steak rolls and serving with side dishes.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This recipe for stuffed flank steak is a great holiday main dish.

Stuffed Flank Steak Recipe Variations

If you want to simplify the beef flank steak dish, you can make a more basic filling, such as garlic, shallot, spinach and cream cheese, for example. But I love it with the cranberries and other flavours as a Christmas or New Year’s Eve treat. It is one of the those great recipes you will will make repeatedly this time of year.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This recipe for stuffed flank steak is a great holiday main dish.

It’s good to know you can experiment with other fillings though because stuffed steak always makes a nice weeknight treat and you can prep it in the morning then let it marinate all day and just cook it when you get home in the evening. Other garnishes could be used such as fresh parsley and it is particularly good served with horseradish sauce.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This recipe for stuffed flank steak is a great holiday main dish.

Flank Steak with Cream Cheese Cranberry Filling FAQs

What’s good to serve with this stuffed steak with cream cheese?

This versatile cut of beef is ideal for a gourmet steak meal with a twist. As for side dish ideas, anything you would normally serve with turkey or steak would work.

So consider some type of potato dish like maple sweet potatoes, Instant Pot mashed potatoes or slow cooker roasted potatoes. Roasted Brussels sprout casserole is another tasty idea to pair with this delicious holiday dinner.

Can you make this without a cast iron skillet?

You can use something besides an oven safe skillet, but you will have to transfer the seared pinwheel steak into an oven-safe casserole dish or similar baking dish.

How long will leftovers keep and how do you reheat them?

Leftovers from this delicious recipe are unlikely but if you do have some, keep them refrigerated in an airtight container and use within four days.

To reheat them, you have the choice of warming them back up in a skillet or else using the microwave.

What kind of meat do you use for flank steak?

Flank steak is a beef steak that is cut from the abdominal muscles. This lean meat cut is also called the London broil, plank steak or jiffy steak. It is a long, flat cut that runs from the rib end of the animal to the rump area. Skirt steak could also be used but it has more fat, making it taste even richer and juicier than flank steak.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for a cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. This recipe for stuffed flank steak is a great holiday main dish.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Flank Steak Recipe

5 from 28 votes

Cranberry Cream Cheese Stuffed Flank Steak

By: Bella Bucchiotti
How does cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak sound as a Christmas dinner dish? It’s such a great recipe for stuffed flank steak and works well as a New Year, Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe when you want something both fancy and tasty.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Marinade Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 4 Pounds flank steak
  • 1 Teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Cup cranberry jelly
  • ¼ Cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Sprigs rosemary
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 Cup Bleu cheese
  • ½-1 Tablespoon peppercorns, fresh cracked

Cranberry Filling

  • ½ Cup cranberries
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 shallot, small
  • ¼ Cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 Cup Bleu cheese, crumbled
  • 4 Ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Prepare marinade. Add steak to a Ziplock bag. Pour in cranberry sauce and balsamic vinegar. Add rosemary, onion slices, and garlic. Seal and let marinate for at least 3 hours, or up to 8.
  • Remove steak, season with salt and pepper and bring to room temp.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Add all ingredients to the food processor or blender and pulse for 30 seconds to combine and lightly break down the ingredients.
  • Butterfly the steak by slicing in half widthwise and stopping before slicing all the way through. You can then pound steak lightly with a meat mallet.
  • Spread the filling over the steak. Roll into a tight log and seal with twine. Tightly roll into a sheet of plastic wrap and refrigerate for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat a frying pan over medium high heat.
  • Spread pepper onto a plate. Roll the steak in fresh cracked pepper.
  • Sear for 2 minutes per side
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 20 minutes for medium rare.
  • Remove steak and rest for 10 minutes
  • Slice and serve.

Notes

Butterflying a flank steak can be tricky. If you prefer, you can ask the butcher to butterfly it for you.

Nutrition

Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 166mg | Sodium: 1069mg | Potassium: 889mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 621IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 319mg | Iron: 4mg
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You can’t go wrong with this cranberry cream cheese stuffed flank steak. It is a crowd-pleaser of a dish! It’s a wonderful Thanksgiving or Christmas steak recipe. In fact cooked stuffed flank steak a great main course that’s not turkey for Christmas or Thanksgiving. The juicy meat, tangy cranberries and cream cheese work in harmony to make this one of the best stuffed flank steak recipes ever.

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Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.

 

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  1. 5 stars
    I love the contrast of meaty beef, cream cheese and cranberries in this dish and I served it with broccoli. Love love love it!