Beef Rouladen Recipe

Beef Rouladen—a dish that marries tender beef rolls with a symphony of flavors. Picture thinly sliced beef, generously filled with a medley of bacon, onions, and pickles, all secured with toothpicks and slow-cooked to perfection.


  • 4 beef slices (top round or sirloin), thinly cut
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 dill pickles, sliced into strips
  • Dijon mustard for spreading
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil for browning
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Prepare Beef Slices:
    1. Lay out the beef slices and pat them dry. Season each slice with salt and black pepper.
  2. Layer with Ingredients:
    1. Spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard on each beef slice. Place a slice of bacon, chopped onions, and pickle strips on top.
  3. Roll and Secure:
    1. Roll up each beef slice, securing the filling with toothpicks or kitchen twine.
  4. Brown the Rolls:
    1. In a large skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Brown the beef rolls on all sides, creating a flavorful crust.
  5. Deglaze with Liquid:
    1. If using red wine, pour it into the skillet to deglaze, scraping up any browned bits. Add beef broth to the skillet.
  6. Simmer to Perfection:
    1. Lower the heat, cover the skillet, and let the Beef Rouladen simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, allowing the flavors to meld and the beef to become tender.
  7. Thicken the Sauce:
    1. In a separate bowl, mix flour with a bit of water to create a smooth paste. Stir the paste into the skillet to thicken the sauce.
  8. Garnish and Serve:
    1. Remove toothpicks, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve the Beef Rouladen with the rich, flavorful sauce.

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