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How to Make German Rouladen

Bundles of bacon and onion wrapped in beef and simmered to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. 

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I first began making this dish when we lived in Germany. It has remained a family favorite ever since.

How to Make Beef Rouladen

To begin, you will need round steaks that have been sliced very thin. I find these already done in the meat department, and even labeled “for rouladen.” In addition, you will need whole grain Dijon mustard, salt & pepper, sliced onion, and bacon – a half slice for each piece of the steak – and toothpicks.

Watch the Rouladen get made in this video:

German Rouladen - Bundles of bacon and onion wrapped in beef and simmered to melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

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German Rouladen - Bundles of bacon and onion wrapped in beef and simmered to melt-in-your-mouth perfection.

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Yield: 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes

Bundles of bacon and onion wrapped in beef and simmered to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb round steaks or sirloin that are sliced thin ("for rouladen")
  • 1/2 c whole grain Dijon mustard
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • bacon (1/2 slice for each piece of steak)
  • 1 Tb oil
  • 1 quart beef broth
  • 3/4 c cold water
  • 1/3 c corn starch (or 2 Tb tapioca flour/starch)
  • toothpicks

Instructions

  1. To begin, cut the bacon slices in half.
  2. Take one slice half and lightly salt & pepper it.
  3. Spread a thin layer of mustard over the end of the beef.
  4. Place some sliced onion on one end.
  5. Place a half slice of bacon over the onion.
  6. From the end with the bacon onion, roll the steak up and secure with a couple toothpicks. Repeat with all.
  7. In a large skillet (that has a lid) heat the oil over medium heat.
  8. Place the rouladen rolls in the skillet and brown them as best you can on all the sides that you can.
  9. Pour in the beef broth. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer. Place the lid on the skillet and let it simmer for about 1 1/2 hour. Turn the rouladen over half way through.
  10. When they have cooked, move the rouladen to a platter. Remove the toothpicks and cover the platter with foil to keep warm.
  11. Pour the broth from the skillet through a sieve into a saucepan.
  12. Bring the broth to a gentle boil. While it is reheating, whisk together the cold water and corn starch. Pour half of the cornstarch water into the boiling broth. Stir. Let it return to a gentle boil. If it isn't thick enough, add more of the cornstarch water, and bring to a boil again.
  13. Serve the rouladen, topped with gravy, with some couscous or mashed potatoes, or even rice if you like.
  14. Enjoy!

Notes

If you want, you could put some pickle relish or thin slices inside when you roll it up, as another variation.

Paleo Option: This recipe is easily made "paleo." Simply make sure that the mustard you use does not contain sugar, and thicken the broth with the tapioca starch. Done!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 473 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 157mg Sodium: 1357mg Carbohydrates: 9g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 53g
Nutritional Disclaimer: Nutritional data is provided as a courtesy and estimated by a service called Nutritionix. That is a web-based nutritional calculator and is not guaranteed to be accurate. If the nutritional information is vital to you please verify it using your favorite trusted source.

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