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German Beef Rouladen

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German Beef Rouladen is a beef eye of round steak, pounded thin, then stuffed and rolled with a mixture of bacon, carrots, celery, and dill pickles and cooked until perfectly fork-tender.

A vertical closeup of a Traditional German Beef Rouladen that has been cut in half on a plate with a full platter in the background.

Perfectly browned. Perfectly seasoned. Perfectly tender! Traditional German Beef Rouladen is a meal they won’t soon forget!!

This recipe was originally shared in 2015. This post has been updated with additional information, including a recipe card complete with nutritional information, but the recipe itself has remained unchanged.

 

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A vertical closeup of a platter of German Beef Rouladen with spaetzle and a bottle of wine in the background.

The ingredient list:

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  • beef round steak
  • olive oil
  • bacon
  • celery
  • carrots
  • onion
  • red wine
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • dill pickles
  • beef broth (or stock)
  • tomato paste
  • corn starch
  • fresh dill weed

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How long will it take to make beef rouladen from start to finish?

This dish will take approximately 2½ hours from start to finish, with a lot of it being hands-on time.

I’m not going to lie, there are several steps to this recipe, so it is a bit time-consuming to make.

The chopping, pounding, sautéing, filling, and rolling aren’t difficult, but they do take time.

However, let me assure you that every moment spent will be well worth it when the first bite hits your taste buds and melts in your mouth.

Can the filling be made in advance?

That’s actually a great idea, and YES, the filling can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days prior to making the rouladen.

Can the beef rouladen be made in advance and cooked at a later time?

While I’ve never actually done it, I think it would be a great time saver when time is tight.

Follow the recipe up until it’s time to brown the rouladen in the skillet.

Pound, fill, roll, and store the rouladen (well wrapped) in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

When ready, bring the rouladen to room temperature and then brown them in the skillet, and carry on with the recipe as written.

Can beef rouladen be frozen after cooking?

Yes!

Store them in an air-tight freezer container and freeze them for up to 3 months.

Reheat the thawed rouladen in a 350-degree oven (covered) for 30 minutes.

The step-by-step photo instructions for making traditional German beef rouladen –

  • Pound the beef round steak to ¼” thickness using a meat mallet.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • In a large skillet, saute the bacon, carrots, onions, celery, pickles, and dill.
  • Spoon some of the fill into the center of each pounded steak and use kitchen twine to roll and package the filling inside.
  • Brown the rouladen in a large skillet on both sides.
  • Remove the rouladen and make the pan sauce with wine and additional carrots and celery.
  • Return the rouladen back to the skillet and cook (covered) in a preheated oven for 2 hours.
  • Remove the skillet and thicken the sauce using a slurry of cornstarch and water to thicken.
  • Spoon the sauce over the rouladen and serve hot.
How to make German Beef Rouladen
How to make traditional German Beef Rouladen.
how to make German Beef Rouladen
 
A closeup horizontal photo of German Beef Rouladen on a platter with gravy and fresh dill as garnish.

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*Traditional German Beef Rouladen (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s German main course for Beef Rouladen.

 

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TRADITIONAL GERMAN BEEF ROULADEN

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
German Beef Rouladen is a beef eye of round steak pounded thin, stuffed, and rolled with bacon, carrots, celery, and dill pickles!
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course beef, Main Course
Cuisine German Cuisine
Servings 6 servings
Calories 543 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 beef eye of round steaks pounded to 1/4″ thickness
  • teaspoons salt divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper divided
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ pound bacon cut into small pieces
  • 4 medium carrots diced small (set aside ½ cup for the sauce)
  • 3 ribs celery diced small (set aside ¼ cup for the sauce)
  • 1 medium yellow onion peeled and diced small
  • 4 tablespoons chopped dill pickles
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill weed
  • cooking twine
  • 3 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
  • cups beef broth I used low-sodium
  • ½ cup Merlot wine
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • additional fresh dill for garnish if desired

Instructions
 

  • Place each round steak between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and use a meat mallet to pound the round steaks to ¼" thickness.
  • Season the steaks with 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, and garlic powder. Set aside while preparing the filling.
  • In a large oven-proof skillet over medium/high heat, cook the bacon until almost crisp.
  • Drain off some of the fat, reduce the heat to medium, and then add the carrots, celery, and onion to the pan and cook until the vegetables are almost tender (about 5 minutes).
  • Stir in the pickles, dill weed. and season with the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
  • Remove the filling to a bowl and allow it to cool slightly. Set the skillet aside for later.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Heat the skillet to medium/high and brown the beef rolls well on all sides.
  • Remove the browned beef rolls to a plate while you make the sauce.
  • Reduce the skillet heat to low, and stir in the Merlot wine to deglaze the pan by scraping up all the browned bits that have stuck to the bottom.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Carefully pour in the beef broth and any remaining carrot, onion, and bacon filling you may have leftover, along with the reserved ½ cup of diced carrots, and ¼ cup of diced celery.
  • Nestle the browned beef rouladen back into the pan. Cover the oven-proof skillet and cook in a preheated oven for 2 hours.
  • Once fully cooked, remove the beef rouladen to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  • Stir the cornstarch into 1 cup of water (making a slurry) and pour into the sauce in the skillet.
  • Cook the sauce over medium heat until it thickens.
  • Serve the beef rouladen over noodles or spaetzle and spoon the thickened sauce over top.
  • Garnish with additional dill if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 543kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 59gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 167mgSodium: 1620mgPotassium: 1212mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 6936IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 91mgIron: 6mg
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Recipe Rating




Izzy

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Each bite into the tender beef was heavenly because of the delicious mix of veggies and bacon inside. This recipe's a keeper!

Renée

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Izzy. Take care, Renee

Lisalia

Tuesday 2nd of March 2021

Delicious and such an elegant presentation too. A special meal for my husband's birthday! And can't wait to make it again.

Renée

Wednesday 3rd of March 2021

I'm glad you thought so. It really is an elegant meal that will impress just about anyone. Enjoy!

James

Friday 28th of September 2018

Renee, I really enjoyed this Rouladen, it reminded me a lot of my German in-law’s cooking. Thanks for sharing it. 2 questions: 1) where does the tomato paste come in? 2) I wasn’t sure what to do with the set aside bacon fat. Just use it in the last sauce thickening stage?

Thanks!

Renée

Saturday 29th of September 2018

Hi, James! My sincerest apologies for accidentally leaving the tomato paste out of the recipe instructions. I have since updated the recipe. The tomato paste gets stirred into the skillet right after the pan is deglazed with the wine, and before the beef stock. Thank you for catching my error. I wish I had an editor to proofread for me, but sadly I don't and I sometimes make mistakes. I hope you have a wonderful day, and I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe! Renee

Melanie

Thursday 19th of March 2015

Lovely memory and beautiful dish. I have wonderful memories of my grandmother making pasta. I think that's how I got into cooking. Funny how our memories influence us.

Rose | The Clean Dish

Thursday 19th of March 2015

This make my German heart sing!! I didn't know you had German grandparents. The war tore so many families apart... This recipe looks divine!! Nom nom nom.