September 23, 2008
I know, I know, I said I was going to post this recipe yesterday. I'm sorry! The posted recipe makes 12 rouladen. When I make them I make a lot because the rouladen themselves and the gravy freeze very well.
12 thin slices of top round (at my grocery store they are already cut like this and come in a pack of 3, if you can't find them, ask the butcher to cut them for you)
Regular yellow mustard
Hamburger dill pickles
Turkey Bacon (you can use regular bacon, I prefer the turkey)
Assemble your slices of top round side by side along your counter (make a little assembly line). On each piece of meat place a line of yellow mustard, 1-2 slices of bacon (depending on how wide your slice of top round is), and 3-4 pickles. Do this on each piece until they are all at this point. Then fold in each long side of the top round to where the sides meet in the middle. Once it's folded in, roll the beef up and secure at the top with a toothpick. Once you have done this with all of the meat, get a roasting pan nice and hot on the stove. Also, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Place each rouladen in the roasting pan and brown on each side. On the stove top, all you're wanting to do is brown the pieces. Once they are all browned, remove the rouladen to a dish or paper place temporarily. Fill your roasting pan half way with water. Add about a cup of ketchup, 1/2 cup of mustard, and 4 tablespoons of beef base. Whisk this all together and make sure you get all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. The gravy should taste a little beefy and tangy, so you can adjust the amounts needed to your taste buds.
Place the rouladen back into the roasting pan and place the lid on it. Slide the roasting pan into the oven and leave it for 45 mins. At this point, you want to remove the rouladen again, temporarily, and add enough cornstarch to thicken the gravy. Once it's thick, place the rouladen back into the gravy and serve. I serve this with German potato salad and homemade spaetzle (those recipes will be another day) lol.
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I'll be more than happy to elaborate :)