Chef John’s Beef Rouladen

Background and History

Chef John’s Beef Rouladen is a classic German dish that combines thinly sliced beef, flavorful fillings, and a rich gravy. Originating from Germany, this dish has been enjoyed for generations, with each family adding its own twist to the recipe. Traditionally served during festive occasions or family gatherings, Beef Rouladen offers a comforting and satisfying meal that is sure to delight your taste buds.


  • 4 slices of beef (about ¼ inch thick and 5-6 inches wide)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Dijon mustard
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 dill pickle spears
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Serves 4 people
Preparation Time 20 minutes
Cooking Time  1 hour 30 minutes



Season each slice of beef with salt and black pepper. Spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard over one side of each slice.


Place a slice of bacon, a few slices of onion, and a dill pickle spear on each slice of beef.


Roll up each slice of beef tightly, securing with toothpicks if necessary.


Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the beef rolls on all sides until golden brown, about 5 minutes.


Transfer the beef rolls to a pot. Add beef broth to cover the rolls. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer gently for 1 hour.

Thickening the Gravy

Remove the beef rolls from the pot. In a small bowl, mix flour with a little water to make a slurry. Stir the slurry into the simmering broth to thicken the gravy.


Return the beef rolls to the pot. Simmer for another 10 minutes, until the gravy is thickened and the beef is heated through.


Sprinkle chopped parsley over the beef rolls before serving, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: Approximately 300-350 per serving
  • Protein: About 25-30 grams per serving
  • Fat: About 15-20 grams per serving
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 5-10 grams per serving


  • You can ask your butcher to slice the beef thinly for you, or you can do it yourself using a sharp knife.
  • Traditional fillings for Beef Rouladen may vary, so feel free to experiment with ingredients like mustard, bacon, onions, and pickles.
  • Beef Rouladen is often served with sides like mashed potatoes, red cabbage, or spaetzle for a complete meal.

Allergy Warning

  • Contains beef and bacon.
  • Check for individual allergens in condiments and fillings.
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