When we were little, my mom used to make these German Beef Rolls every now and then, and they were one of my favorite dishes that she used to make! Though traditionally made with dill pickle spears, she always made hers with sweet dill pickle relish and they were absolutely divine!
“Rindsrouladen” is Germany’s version of the French roulade, and is typically thin slices of beef wrapped around a pickle spear, bacon, onion and mustard mixture, then slow simmered in broth until very tender. The broth is then thickened and served over the rolls.
My mom just used regular table mustard, French’s, but you can use a spicy brown, whole grain, dijon, or a nice German mustard. No matter what mustard you use, they always turn out deliciously flavored! You can’t go wrong. 😉
I prefer to use flank steak for this, but I have my butcher cut the meat for me into 4 thin steak filets only a 1/4″ thick. I don’t know what type of beef my mom used, but it was probably flank steak as well.
You can also use a quality top round steak for this, and even though these cuts of beef are tougher cuts, they will get very tender while simmering. So you’ll be ok either way. Just make sure they are very thin, and that you roll them with the grain running lengthwise, so that when you go to slice bites to eat, you are slicing against the grain.
That way it will insure that it’s extremely tender.
You don’t have to partially cook the bacon, but I do a little just to get some of the excess fat away. You can bake the bacon in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes on a foil-lined baking sheet for ease and minimal cleanup if you’d like.
You want to cook out a lot of the fat, but still have it pliable to roll. But, as I said, you can just add it uncooked if you’d like, too. Either way works just fine.
If you can find the tomato paste in the tube, use that, or any that you already have open and handy. Otherwise, ketchup works perfectly fine. Seriously, not kidding. After all, it is a spiced and condensed type of tomato sauce with nice flavor.
I’ve used it in place of tomato paste many times in a pinch when I only need a little bit. And it’s usually the main ingredient in most homemade bbq sauces, so go for it! 🙂
I like to add a bit of red wine into my gravies, too, but if you prefer not to, just substitute cold water for the wine, no problem. But almost all of the alcohol will cook out while simmering, if that’s the problem for you, and it always adds so much extra flavor! I highly recommend that you do add it. 😉
And that’s pretty much it! 😀
These turn out SUPER tender with a remarkable flavor all of their own that you’ll not only instantly warm up to, but will be very sad when supper’s done and gone. (I highly recommend that you double this if you’d like leftovers.) 😉
These go FAST and are enjoyed by everyone I’ve served them to, including my hubby, who swears he hates anything with pickles of any kind, shape or form. I love it when I’m right. 😉
But mostly, I love it when something new is introduced to someone, and thoroughly enjoyed!! Making others happy makes me happy. 😉
So don’t wait. Add the ingredients, most of which you probably already have, to your next grocery list and make these soon! Pick up some crusty rolls, and serve this with some mashed potatoes and a side vegetable and you’ll have a wonderful meal that will please the whole family!
The prep work is minimal, so you can easily make this on a weeknight, or take your time and do the whole meal up royally for a heartwarming Sunday dinner!
I hope you all enjoy this recipe, take care, and I’ll see you tomorrow! 😀 ~Kelly