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German Rouladen

Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 395kcal


  • 12 rouladen slices (or inside round cut 1/4" thick about 10" X 6")
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 6 Tbsps yellow mustard
  • 2 medium onions finely diced
  • 10 strips bacon finely minced
  • 6 dill pickles halved lengthwise to make 12 spears
  • 2 Tbsps vegetable oil
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsps dried thyme
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsps each cornstarch and water
  • 24 toothpicks


  • Lay the rouladen out flat on a work surface. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to season.
  • Drizzle mustard the length of the meat and smear it all over the face of the meat with a knife.
  • Mix onion and bacon in a small bowl. Sprinkle onion and bacon over the surface of the rouladen leaving about a 1/4 " from the outside edges.
  • Place a dill pickle spear across the widest end of the rouladen. Starting at the pickle end, roll the meat lengthwise into a roll. Secure with 2 toothpicks.
  • Repeat with remaining rouladen.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet, large enough to eventually hold all 12 rouladen. Brown the rouladen a couple of minutes on each side. You may have to do this in batches. Remove browned rouladen and repeat in batches until they are all browned.
  • Return all rouladen back to the skillet. Pour enough broth into the skillet to come half way up the rouladen. Add the herbs and spices.
  • Bring to a simmer, cover and simmer about 90 minutes. Check half way through to see if you need to add more broth to keep the level halfway up the rouladen.
  • When rouladen is cooked remove the rolls and keep warm. Remove the toothpicks from each rouladen.
  • Strain and reserve the broth. Discard the solids and return the broth to the skillet. Add water to the cornstarch to dissolve it. Add to the broth and bring to a boil. Stir until it reaches the thickness you want. Depending on how much broth you have you may have to add another Tbsp of cornstarch dissolved in water to get a nicy gravy consistency.
  • Serve on a platter with gravy on the side.




Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 983mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g