Hearty Beef Rouladen Recipe
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Hearty Beef Rouladen Recipe

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I have used this recipe for years and rely on it when we have company. It's a dish that can be prepared ahead of time and makes a good hearty meal when cold weather sets in. -Jeanne Davis, Hardin, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 6 bacon strips
  • 6 beef top round steaks or beef sirloin steaks (1/4 pound each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 6 dill pickle spears
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 4 teaspoons beef bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • Hot cooked noodles

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 434 calories, 25g fat (7g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 1348mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 31g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, saute onions in 2 tablespoons of oil until tender; remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Pound steaks to 1/4-in. thickness; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread with mustard and top with onions. Place a pickle at one short end and a bacon strip lengthwise on top. Roll up jelly-roll style; secure with toothpicks. Set aside 1 tablespoon flour for thickening. Coat the roll-ups with remaining flour.
  3. In the same skillet, cook roll-ups in remaining oil over medium heat until browned on all sides. Add the water, bouillon, thyme and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until meat is tender.
  4. Remove roll-ups and keep warm. Combine butter and reserved flour; add to the pan juices. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf and toothpicks. Serve beef and gravy with noodles. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Beef Rouladen in Reminisce November/December 2001, p48

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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Becky36 92111
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2014

"Loved It! I looked at a LOT of Beef Roulade Recipes online and this one looked consistent with the authentic ones, and pretty easy too. The only change I made was I used about 1-1/2 cups of Beef Broth instead of the water and bouillon. Also I served it with Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans only because my hubby doesn't like noodles much (I know, weird right?!!) There was plenty of gravy for everyone."

cea267 32187
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2013

"Love this recipe - Just like my German Gandma's. She occassionally used pork loin chops flattened. Since I didn't have pickles, I used a well drained jar of German style sauerkraut. Lovely shades of childhood. Thanks for sharing, and reminding me to make this more often!


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