This beef rouladen recipe, along with potato dumplings and red cabbage, are among our most cherished authentic German recipes. This is a real treat, especially for company, birthdays, and holidays.What could be better than to serve this as your traditional German Christmas food!
There are many versions of this beef rouladen recipe, with a difference in filling being the usual change. Some add pickles, others don't. Some add other vegetables, others minimize the fillings. I even noticed jars of "rouladen filling" available in the German supermarkets that make the whole process even easier.
Alana and her birthday rouladen
Because I find it just as easy to make twice as many of these beef rolls as I need, I usually do just that. The extras freeze well, as long as they are covered in their gravy. Thaw them in the fridge and then reheat.
I usually make two rouladen for each person, but this really depends on the size of the top round slices I get from the butcher. Sometimes they are quite large and one roulade is all that's needed for one serving. Nevertheless, I usually make more, hoping for leftovers, because these taste great the next day, heated gently in their gravy.
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If you prepare all your ingredients and then work 'assembly line' style, you'll find that the preparation time for making rouladen is minimized.
Alana making her rouladen. Instead of using bacon strips, she put a slice of Black Forest ham down the length of the rouladen. A delicious variation on the traditional recipe, one I'll be doing often.
Here's an inside look at my rouladen, covered with delicious gravy. So scrumptious with potato dumplings . You'll find another version as Rinderrouladen. Christel, one of our readers sent in her version as well.
Love rouladen, just not the work? Then try our family recipe for Flatladen. Same taste, same gravy, less work, less expense. What's not to like? Here they are being served with potato dumplings stuffed with croutons.
Both rouladen and flatladen taste even better when accompanied with a traditional side dish of red cabbage.
Follow this authentic German meal with a traditional German Black Forest Cake. This one is really easy to make. All it takes is a cake mix, whipping...(more)
Anne says, "Just made this last week for my Birthday. I usually add walnut pieces or almond slivers. Can't believe it looks exactly the same as my Mama taught me some 40 years ago, the only thing what we did different, we use a fork to make the ridges in the apples. But they do open up better the way you do it with the knife. And you are right, this recipe never fails :)"
Gabriele H. says, "What a wonderful place to find German recipes without having to call family in Germany. I'm loving it."
Catherine R. says, "Tomorrow is a good day to try this!"