Rouladen are a traditional dish from Germany and some other European countries. It is a type of beef roll-up, typically made with thinly sliced beef, often from the round or flank cuts, but sometimes sirloin or similar cuts are used as well. The beef is tenderized and then filled with a mixture of various ingredients, rolled up, and secured with toothpicks or kitchen twine.
The most common filling for rouladen includes mustard, onions, pickles (gherkins), and bacon or ham. Some variations may include additional ingredients like sautéed mushrooms or other spices to suit individual tastes.
After assembling the rouladen, they are usually seared in a pan with some oil or fat to give them a nice brown crust. Then, they are simmered or braised in a flavorful liquid, often a combination of beef broth and red wine, until the beef is tender and the flavors have melded together.
Rouladen in Germany are commonly served with traditional side dishes like potato dumplings, mashed potatoes, or noodles, along with the rich gravy created during the cooking process.
This dish is beloved in German cuisine and is often enjoyed around Christmas, during special occasions and family gatherings. It is a hearty and comforting meal, showcasing the delicious flavors of beef and its savory fillings.