Updated: Mar 21, 2019
Origin - Germany
Rouladen is a German meat dish that consists of bacon, mustard, and pickles wrapped in thinly sliced beef which is then braised in a sauce. It is traditionally seared and then slow roasted in a marinade of broth for several hours before serving with gravy, Rotkohl (red cabbage), potatoes, and Knodel (German dumplings). Rouladen is the perfect hearty dish for celebrating the holidays or special occasions!
[ Fun Fact ]
Another popular kind of Rouladen is known as stuffed cabbage rolls (Kohlrouladen). They are made from green cabbage that’s filled with ground meat. Some regions in Germany would add bacon or rice into it as well.
[ History ]
The precise origin of the dish is unknown; however, it is said that the dish originated in Europe and the word “roulade” originates from the word “rouler” in French which means “to roll”.
Rouladen was once considered very special that it was only served on Sundays or special occasions. Now they are a traditional dinner choice for many German households at any time of the week. It is especially popular as a comfort food during harsh winter nights.
[ How to Eat ]Make sure you coat some of the flavorful, wine-laced gravy on every bite to enjoy the ultimate taste of the dish!