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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Birthday dinner!

When someone in our family has a birthday, they are allowed to ask for a special birthday dinner. My father always asks for steak & lobster, while my mother always asks to be taken out for dinner. I, however, always ask for a special dish called Rouladen.  You could almost consider it a "German haggis," only with better ingredients (beef and bacon instead of porridge and stomach).  Mom says it's easy to make, just time consuming.

Here is our family recipe.


8 slices bacon
4 pieces top round steak
4 t. mustard
1 medium onion, chopped-1/2 cup (may use onion flakes instead)
4 medium dill pickles, finely chopped-1/2 cup (may use sweet relish instead)
½ cup finely chopped celery
½ cup finely chopped carrot
1 cup dry red wine
1 envelope or t. instant beef broth
1 ½ cups boiling water
½ t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
3 sprigs parsley
1 T. butter
1 T. flour

1) Cook bacon; drain; chop coarsely. Save 2 T. bacon fat in skillet.

2) Pound steak to 1/4". Spread with mustard; sprinkle with bacon, onion & pickle; roll up and tie with string.

3) Brown rolls in bacon fat. Remove from pan.

4) Saute celery & carrot in same pan; add red wine. Dissolve beef broth in boiling water; stir into wine mixture with salt, pepper & parsley. Return rolls to pan; cover. Bring to boiling; lower heat & simmer 1 ½ - 2 hours, until tender. Remove rolls to serving platter & keep warm.

5) Pour liquid into blender & puree. In same pan melt butter; add flour & lightly brown; add liquid until mixture thickens.

6) Remove strings from rolls; slice into pieces, if desired.

Serve with mashed potatoes (gravy works equally well over both meat & potatoes) and either beets or red cabbage.

Guten appetit!


  1. And you didn't invite me!  You are an evil, evil person!

  2. Brigid O'ShaughnessyMarch 10, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    That sounds wonderful!  Happy Birthday!

  3. This way I have two meals' worth of leftovers. I don't like sharing my birthday noms!

  4. It is PHENOMENAL.  I posted this recipe mainly for you. I hope you try it!

  5. It's just like Haggis, except you WANT to eat it instead of feeling like you HAVE to!


  6. Sounds very tasty!! 

    Happy Birthday Erin!!  Hope you enjoyed the day - enjoy the rest of this week as well!!


  7. Happy Burpday!  And dang...that sounds GOOD!!!

  8. Happy Birthday!

  9. Happy Birthday, and I'm sooo making this next time I have a kitchen. Nom nom noms.


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