Perfectly seasoned stuffed beef rolls in a savory brown sauce make this classic German recipe a common family favorite. Serve with Herbed Spätzle for a complete meal of German comfort food.
- 4 large sweet onions sliced
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 4 lb beef top round cut into 1/4-inch thick by 8-inch long slices, pounded until tender
- 1 tsp paprika
- sea salt
- whole black peppercorns freshly ground
- 1 lb hickory-smoked sliced bacon
- 1/4 cup oil
- 3 cups beef stock (reserve 3 tbsp for cornstarch mixture)
- 1 tsp fresh flat-leaf parsley finely chopped
- German pickle slices
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- additional chopped parsley for garnish
Caramelize onions in 3 tablespoons oil; set aside to cool. Place pounded slices of beef on cutting board and work with them one at a time.
Season each beef slice with paprika, sea salt and pepper to taste. Line each piece with 1 slice of bacon, 1 tablespoon caramelized onions and 1 slice pickle, if desired. Roll the beef around the filling, folding in the sides until it becomes a bundle. Tie each bundle with string in 2 places to
secure; set aside. Repeat until all meat slices are used. (Reserve any leftover onions to later place in the sauce.)
Heat large, heavy, stainless-steel skillet over medium heat for 1 minute; add 1/4 cup oil. Increase heat to high; add some of beef bundles without covering entire surface of pan. Sear bundles until golden on each side; remove from pan to plate. Repeat until all bundles are seared.
Take 3 tablespoons out of the 3 cups beef stock; refrigerate for later. Reduce heat to low in skillet; add remaining beef stock. Return all beef bundles to the skillet; add 1 teaspoon parsley and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes. Remove bundles to serving platter; remove string.
Stir cornstarch and reserved 3 tablespoons beef stock in cup; stir into skillet to thicken pan juices. Bring to low boil; cook, stirring constantly until thick and glossy, about 4 minutes. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Ladle gravy over rouladen and garnish with additional chopped parsley. Serve with Herbed Spätzle.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour