Beef Rouladen Recipe
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Beef Rouladen Recipe

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Our family was poor when I was growing up in Germany, so we ate garden vegetables for many weekday meals. When Mother made meat for a Sunday dinner, it was a terrific treat. My favorite is this tender beef dish, which gets great flavor from Dijon mustard. -Karin Cousineau, Burlington, North Carolina
Recommended: Grandma's Best Suppers
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices beef top round steak (1/4 inch thick and 4 ounces each)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips
  • 1 large onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 355 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 79mg cholesterol, 695mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. Lightly spread mustard on each slice of steak; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place 1 bacon strip and a few onion wedges on each slice; roll up; secure with toothpicks.
  2. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil until no longer pink; drain. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
  3. Remove meat and keep warm. Combine flour and water until smooth; gradually stir into broth. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thickened and bubbly. Remove toothpicks. Return beef to gravy; heat through. Sprinkle with parsley if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Beef Rouladen in Taste of Home December/January 1996, p35

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[email protected] User ID: 1665956 261930
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2017

"Great recipe! Everyone enjoyed it. No leftovers! Keeping in my files."

Muttnutt User ID: 7162837 243169
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2016

"I used honey mustard then followed the directions. I loved it, my husband said it was kinda bland. Maybe next time I will try using the pickle to give it more flavor."

HeidiMarieElke User ID: 8556321 233918
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"I use dijon mustard - salt&pepper, fine diced onions,fine cut bacon, fine diced pickels

then roll up, tie with string, brown, add water and let cook until tender. Then complete the gravey - it is a long process, but all woth the effort, it is super fabulous delicious. Seve with dumplings and red cabbage.....yummy - this is how my mom made it in northern Germany."

lvarner User ID: 35803 232417
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2015

"Very good recipe! I added sliced carrots and sliced dill pickles with the bacon, to be more similar to other rouladen that I have had and enjoyed."

DeboraLynnFoley User ID: 8499651 231630
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2015

"My grandmother used to make rouladen but she used spicy brown mustard instead of dijon...and she also never put in pickles!!!!! I don't recall her ever using beef broth either...she just used the stock the way that it was for the gravy. After browning the rouladen, she would cover them with water, season it with salt and pepper, cut up an onion in it and put maybe just a little bit of extra mustard into it for flavor. Then, when it was done, she used to remove the rouladen and make a roux and make the gravy like was delicious and that is the way that I make it now as well!!!!!!"

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 12751
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014


kaschkek User ID: 7405365 6374
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2014

"I was so happy to finally find a rouladen recipe that didn't include pickles. I grew up with a German mother and she never put pickles in them. My mother in-law, who happens to be German, always put pickles in hers and I never liked it. She also cooked them to death so they were dry and tasteless. This recipe was perfect!!! Making again tomorrow for Easter."

jennyallyngreen User ID: 7703132 8297
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"My Oma and mother were from Germany. This new recipe I see floating around is not how they made it. My grandad spat it out, saying it's not right at all! You use thin steak with onions, pickle, and mustard rolled into it. Topped with sour cream and cooked until all the juices run together. It's the best thing you'll ever eat!"

judigebhardt-webster User ID: 714204 3198
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2014

"One very important ingredient is a pickle as opposed to green pepper. Gives better flavoring!! Grew up in my family's 5-star German restaurant in NYC........."

DViola User ID: 6210665 9265
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2013 Edited Oct. 23, 2013

"Recently made this for my wife's family and they loved it. My father-in-law was talking about it all night long. Definitely making this again."

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