Rouladen Dark Beer Sauce

Rouladen is typical German dish of a slice of beef rolled around a filling which are usually bacon, onion and other vegetables, pickles or more meat. I like to cook them in dark beer, it’s easy and tastes nice, and anyway it is German.

What you need (for two serving)
Six slices of beef for sandwich steak, about 1/4 inch thick
Three slices of bacon
Mustard, 3 tbs
Butter or lard, 1 tbs
Green been, carrot, pickles, onion for filling
A bottle of dark beer, preferably German
Corn starch, 1 tbs
Sugar, 1 ts
Salt and pepper
Some kitchen twine or tooth picks

You can use any kind of beer but I prefer dark, full bodied beer with a little hint of caramel-like sweetness. My husband Matthias is always very supportive of my blog writing and he found two German dark beer I may like for Rouladen sauce.

Tasting time.
Well,I enjoyed drinking Schwaben Brau very much so I decided to use the other for cooking.

What to do:
1) Pound slices of beef with a meat hummer or a beer bottle to make them flat and about 1/4 inch or less thick.

Lightly salt and pepper the slices.


2) Cut slices of bacon in half. Clean, skin and cut carrot into sticks. Slice an onion. Cut green been and pickles into appropriate length.

3) Generously spread one side of each slice of beef with mustard, then place bacon and prepared filling on it and roll.

Use kitchen twine or tooth picks to hold the roll together.

4) Heat butter or lard in a skillet or a frying pan over medium heat, and brown all sides of the meat.

5) When all sides are nicely brown, pour beer until the rolls are almost covered.

Cover, simmer for 20-25 minutes over low heat.

6) After simmering, take the rolls out of the pan.
Remove twine and toothpicks.

7) Heat the pan, reduce the sauce to be about 1/2 cup. Taste with little sugar, salt and pepper. Combine a table spoon of cornstarch with 1/2 table spoon of water, mix until smooth. Pour the mixture into the sauce, stirring constantly.

Some people like to use Rouladen sauce mix but I don’t think I need it. Simmering beef and bacon in beer results in nice sauce without using artificial flavorings.

8) Serve rolls with potatoes and vegetable, pouring the beer sauce.


Enjoy the German dinner with October fest beer!


I have this recipe in Japanese, too.

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