Zrazy Zawijane (polish Beef Roulade in Sour Cream Sauce)

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 20 mins

Pronounced ZRAH-zih zah-vee-YAH-neh. Also called bitki (BEET-kee). A favorite dish of the Old Polish nobility that has remained popular to this day throughout Eastern Europe; quite similar to rouladen served just across the border in Germany. Zrazy is a generic name for meat rolled around any of a variety of fillings, browned and braised until tender. This recipe is for thin slices of steak spread with mustard and filled with a bread, onion, and mushroom stuffing. Traditionally served with boiled rice or kasza (buckwheat) topped with extra sauce, but also great with potato dumplings and steamed asparagus.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a heavy skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter with 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat.
  3. Saute the mushrooms and onions until the liquid in the pan starts to evaporate (8-10 minutes) (Do NOT let the mushrooms brown).
  4. Stir in the bread crumbs and half of the salt and pepper; remove from heat.
  5. Cut the steak into 8 rectangular pieces 3-4" wide by 6-8" long, sprinkle both sides evenly with remaining salt and pepper.
  6. Spread a thin layer of the mustard on each slice of beef, and place 1/8 of the stuffing on the shorter end of each piece of steak.
  7. Roll the steaks into cyclinders, enclosing the stuffing, and tuck in the sides; secure each end with kitchen cord.
  8. Roll the zrazy in flour and vigorously shake off any excess.
  9. In a heavy skillet, melt remaining butter with oil over high heat, and brown the rolls, turning them often so they evenly turn a rich golden brown without burning (about 15 minutes).
  10. As they brown transfer them to a casserole dish large enough to hold them all in a single layer.
  11. Pour off all but a thin layer of fat from the skillet and replace it with the beef stock.
  12. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly (scraping the bottom and sides of the pan).
  13. Pour the broth over the rolls and cover tightly.
  14. Braise in the oven until the meat is so tender that it gives no resistance when pierced with the tip of a skewer or knife (45 minutes).
  15. Remove the zrazy from the casserole dish, cut the cord off and cover with tin foil to keep the rolls warm while you make the sauce.
  16. Skim off and discard as much of the fat as possible from the liquid remaining in the casserole dish.
  17. Return to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
  18. Remove from heat, and mix in the sour cream.
  19. Season to taste and serve over zrazy.
Most Helpful

This was soooo yummy! My husband loves brasiole, so I thought he'd love this, too... similar cooking technique, just different sauce. I was right! But he loves this more!

alli_cat62 July 13, 2009

This is such a great authentic Polish dish. So good!

SLColman May 02, 2006

Omg this was fantastic! My mother makes this but honestly nowhere as good as this! Love love love this!

lisamarieliss November 06, 2015