Monday, September 23, 2013

German Rouladen recipe for two people - a different way to cook rouladen

German Rouladen for two, cooked a little different with a little less fat and yet great taste. 

There is more than one recipe out there for German Rouladen. Over time we will experiment and put out different styles from different areas and even some of our own creations. Just so you can try and learn how to create yourself.

The following is a very simple recipe for two people. At times you are in the mood for some good German style food , but do not want to cook huge meals. There is ways to avoid that.

We found some Beef Top Round Steak - thin cut while shopping. The package had about 1 lbs. Although it should be a little thinner, we thought it might work to create a quick good tasting meal.

Here is what you need:

2 slices of Beef Top Round Steak - about 1 lbs or less of good size
2 slices of cooked low fat ham
1 small onion or half an onion
2 pickles - anything goes
1 Rouladen Sauce Mix from Knorr or Maggi - easy to get online
Salt and Pepper
Some olive oil
Small pot


Peel onion and slice thin
Cut two pickles ( not to big) lengthwise in thin slices

Lay out the meat and ham on separate plates.

Next cover the meat with the hot German mustard ( use other hot mustard if no access to Lowensenf or similar, you can also use medium mustard which will change the taste, as the original recipe asks for hot mustard).

Next cut the 2 ham slices in 4 equal pieces and lay two pieces on each of the beef  portions.
Distribute the pickles evenly on the ham and top with some onions.  Add salt and pepper to your liking over the entire prepared meat.

You can see that I centered the pickles and onions a little. That will make the rolling process easier.

Have about 8 toothpicks ready next to your plate.

Now roll from one side to the other, pressing lightly to make sure nothing falls out on the sides and secure with one tooth pick. Fold the ends so that they close the Rouladen and secure with one or two toothpicks, so nothing can fall out . I usually put another 1 or two in to  make sure it all holds together.

Top View

End view

Add some oil to the pot and put on full heat. Once oil is hot, brown all sides of the Rouladen as good as you can. Then take pot of heat and rouladen out.

Add about 400 ml water to pot and put back on heat. Bring to a boil and stir Knorr Sauce mix into it until nicely distributed.

Turn down heat to low and put Rouladen back in pot.

Cook with lid on and on low heat for about 90 minutes.
Turning the Rouladen a few times in the process and adding water if needed.

The meat should be nice and tender. Try with a knife or fork.

You can serve those with potatoes, noodles or rice. It is a quick meal for lunch or dinner.

Let your imagination come into it when you prepare this side. We sometimes have them with red cabbage and sometimes just with some white bread.

It is a fast and easy to prepare meal and by using the ham instead of the bacon you save some calories, but might lose some of the special taste. However, it is something different to try.

Guten Appetit.

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