My Favorite Rouladen

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

When we lived in Germany in the mid 1970's, I was never able to appreciate pickles inside my meat. On day when we lived there I was given this Rouladen variation which was definitely more to my taste. Throughout the years when I was craving German Rouladen this is the recipe I used. OPTIONAL--I like a nice brown gravy so I add 1 Tablespoon Kitchen Bouquet to the gravy when it is thickening at the end for added flavor and color.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the bread cubes, chopped onion, chopped celery, the 1/4 teaspoons of salt, the 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the thyme together in a small bowl with the beaten egg.
  2. Take each piece of meat and lay about 1/6 of the bread mixture in a small log shape along the edge nearest you and roll towards the other side fastening with a toothpick if needed.
  3. Continue until all the rolls have been made.
  4. On a plate place the cup of flour with half the 1 teaspoon of salt and half the 1 teaspoon of pepper.
  5. Roll each meat roll in the flour mixture setting aside any leftover flour for later.
  6. Place the oil in a medium hot skillet.
  7. Brown the meat rolls on each side.
  8. Pour in the beef or chicken stock over the meat and add the bay leaves.
  9. Cook for about an hour or until the meat is tender.
  10. Remove meat to a clean plate.
  11. Remove the bay leaves from the pan and discard.
  12. Mix the leftover seasoned flour with 1-2 cups of cold water.
  13. Add the flour/water to the juices which are left in the fry pan, add more stock or flour if needed.
  14. Cook until thickened, stirring continually.
  15. Add additional salt and pepper if needed to taste.
  16. Pour some of gravy over the meat rolls (rouladen) and serve the remainder on the side.
Most Helpful

I made this dish earlier in the week. I, too, am not a fan of the traditional pickle slice in the dish, so I usually sub it out using a scallion and sliced bacon inside. We didn't really care for the "stuffing" mixture too much. Maybe because it is so different than what we are use to. I do like your method of cooking them... very similar to my mushroom gravy. I may try to incorporate your way into mine somehow. I served these with Grilled Sweet Onions and with some left-over Grilled Potatoes . It was a nice meal. Thank you for posting your version of a German classic. (Made for "Name That Ingredient" tag).249021

rosie316 June 20, 2013

Oh yum, Carrol this was delicious, we have a similar dish in Scotland but it has sausage in the middle, this was a bit different. I liked the mix that was in the centre, I mixed some thyme from my garden, and sourdough bread from the freezer. I used oxo cubes, to give it a real beefy taste it was very tasty. I will certainly make it again. I served it with Potato Gratin - German Kartoffelgratin#422529 thank you for posting. Made for ZWT#6 2010

Tea Jenny May 25, 2010

Yum! I sauteed the onion and celery to mix with the bread cubes. I made half the recipe with skirt steaks. Used beef broth for a tasty gravy served over Potato Casserole / Mashed Potatoes. This was a great German dinner. Thanks for posting CarrollJ. Made for the Zwizzle Chicks for ZWT6

ElaineAnn May 23, 2010