Beef Rouladen

Beef Rouladen
Recipe by Dragon

Happy New Year! My wish for you is health, happiness and great food in 2009.

I've enjoyed my holiday break and I'm glad to be back. For New Year's eve, my friends decided to have a Bavarian themed party. The boys dressed in Lederhosen and the girls wore pigtails. The beer was plenty and the food was good German fair. It was a fun night. I was in charge of the main course so I made Beef Rouladen. This is a traditional German dish consisting of bacon, onions, mustard and pickles wrapped in thinly sliced beef. We served this with Spaetzle (small dumplings). It was absolutely delicious. Enjoy!

Makes: 6 servings

1/2 cup yellow German mustard (medium)
6 cube steaks, pounded thin
1 onion, sliced, very, thinly, into rings
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
6 slices bacon
6 small sweet pickles
1 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup red wine
2 bay leaves
4 cups beef broth (or enough to just about cover the meat)
1/3 cup sour cream
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon thyme

1. Sprinkle the paprika, salt, and pepper evenly over the steaks. Spread mustard over one side of each piece of meat. Lay a slice of bacon on each steak. Layer the onions evenly onto each steak and top with the pickle. Roll steak into a tight cylinder and secure with two toothpicks.

2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large shallow pan over medium heat. Cook meat on all sides until browned. Add the beef broth, bay leaves and wine; bring to a boil. Reduce to a low heat and simmer for one and a half hours or until tender. Turn meat rolls several times in the broth during cooking.

3. Saute the mushrooms and thyme in some butter until caramelized. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reserve.

4. Remove the meat rolls. Strain the broth mixture and return liquid to the pan. Over high heat, bring the broth to boil and reduce it by half. Stir in the sour cream. Stir in the mushrooms. Return meat rolls to the sauce; serve immediately.


Sara said...

This looks like a really unique and fun dish!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Wow this must be really tasty!!!!!

whall said...

I should mention that not only do you have some great recipes, but you take great pictures as well!

I have some recipes I've learned recently that I will need to post.

Oopsy Daisy said...

Hurray, a German dish!!! My daughter lives in Germany and this looks better than anything I've had there. I'm definately trying it. I'd love to see more International dishes.

Keep up the fab cooking, your site rocks!

Lore said...

There's nothing like a German dish during winter, great soul food. Looks scrumptious!
Happy New Year to you and your family :)

Bunny said...

PIckles! I've never seen a main dish use pickles,this looks so good. I bet it was a great party!

Tricharm said...

This was a real treat! Who would've thought a meat/pickle dish would be SO good? I would definitely have this again! Thank you! :)

Kevin said...

These beef rolls sound really tasty! Happy new year!

Vij said...

Delicious post! looks so tempting!

prettytastycakes said...

Sounds like a fun winter party! This looks so comforting and delicious. Happy New Year!

Dragon said...

Sara: Thanks!

Clumbsy: I really enjoyed it.

Whall: Thanks, Babe!

Daisy: I'm flattered. :)

Lore: You too, my friend.

Bunny: I was worried about the pickle but it really works.

Tricharm: I'd make this for you again, in a heartbeat!

Kevin: Happy New Year to you too.

Vij: Thanks!


Mochachocolata Rita said...

woww this looks amazing! i love the idea! brilliant! maybe i should try this with indonesian pickles

Susan said...

Theme parties are so much fun.

How scrummy! I grew up on rouladen. My mom used dill pickle spears, sometimes with thin carrot sticks...and always that gorgeous gravy. Gotta have the pickle flavor for that gravy!

Happy New Year, Dragon!

~Madeline~ said...

Mmmm, we LOVE spaetzle at our house. I always make it with swedish meatballs. I've been meaning to make beef rouladen for my boyfriend for a while now. He's never had it and I just know he would love it as much as I do. Thanks for the reminder, it looks delicious!

Jude said...

Yum! So that's what's in a german beef roll.

Jeanne said...

Mmmmm, looks divine! We grew up with thin beefsteaks wrapped around mincemeat which my mom woudl braise. Your dinner sounds fab - all the best for 2009!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

The beef roll looks amazing! I've always wanted to try German beef rolls. Maybe we should make a theme night of it. Bookmarked: thanks!

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