Beef Rouladen – Great Comfort Food!

This recipe for beef Rouladen has been a longtime family favorite. Some of the ingredients are a little strange but they all come together to create an amazingly delicious flavor profile.   Add potato dumplings (I use a mix) and French bread and you have a complete comfort food meal!

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Beef Rouladen

1 3-4 lb.  eye of round roast, cut 1/4 inch slices length wise and pound to thin out a bit.

pickle spears (enough for each slice of roast)

1/2 c Dijon mustard (This is approximate.  Again, depends on how many slices of roast you have)

3 bay leaves

3 cloves of garlic, finely minced

1 med. onion, quartered

4 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1 t dried

16 oz beef stock

10 carrots, peeled and cut in half

salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Lay each slice of pounded roast on a flat work surface.  Spread about 1 1/2 T Dijon mustard over the slice and place a pickle spear at the end.   Sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper and a little salt if desired.

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Roll the meat up and secure with a skewer.

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When all the meat has been rolled, brown all sides of each roll in a heavy skillet with olive oil. Deglaze the pan with 1 – 2 c beef stock.

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Place the meat rolls in a slow cooker.  Add the beef stock from the deglazed pan, bay leaves, garlic, thyme.  Top with the carrots and onions.

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Cook for 4 hours or until very tender.  Remove the Rouladen to a platter and thicken the remaining juices.  Serve with potato dumplings, a fresh salad, French bread, etc.

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