Rustic Rouladen Recipe

German Rouladen
Thinning sliced beef wrapped pickle served with spaetzle and cabbage

Rouladen is a traditional german meal that I make once a year for Alfonz’s birthday.

Ingredients serves 8:

  • Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices beef top round steak 1/4 inch thick
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 strips of bacon
  • 8 large pickles
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • fresh chopped parsley
how to make rouladen
assembling the Rouladen
roll up your rouladen
roll the ingredients into the sliced beef
brown your beef in a pan
Fry your rouladen in the pan










  1. Spread mustard on each slice of steak, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place 1 bacon strip and a spoonful of onion wedges on each slice. Place pickle on one end and roll up and secure with toothpicks.
  2. In a large skillet, brown beef in oil until no longer pink.
  3. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
  4. Remove meat and keep warm.
  5. To make the gravy, combine flour and water until smooth and gradually stir into broth by whisking. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until thick.
  6. Remove toothpicks and return to gravy; heat through. Sprinkle with parsley if desired.

Serve with cabbage and spaetzle (or pasta)










You need a Nokedli or a Spaetzle maker

  • 1-cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup water


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a fork until the consistency is a little thicker than pancake mix. Adjust water and flour until you get a smooth, lump free batter.
  2. Place device over a pot of boiling salted water, and ladle in your mixture, and start moving the top back and forth so the mixture cuts the dough as it falls into the boiling water below. Keep doing in until the mixture is done, with a wooden spoon; stir the nokedli so it doesn’t stick. Once they are floating they are done. Drain in a strainer like you would pasta.
cabbage german style
traditional Cabbage







  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored & grated
  • 3-5 tbsp vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. saute onions until soft
  2. add in all the ingredients and simmer until tender


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