Crock Pot Beef Rouladen

Prep Time
Cook Time
7h 15m
Ready In

"Basically, a classic rouladen recipe, but done in the crock pot. Bacon and dill pickles really are the key to this dish; and, I also like to add some vegetables to the sauce, which really gives a nice richness to the gravy. Takes a little time, but well worth it. Serve with spaetzle, mashed potatoes, or buttered noodles. Since it is a rich dish; a salad is the perfect side dish. Myself and others also have 'Spaetzle' recipes here on Zazz. Spaetzle is actually much easier to make than most people think. This recipe comes out 'fall apart' tender; and, the gravy is fantastic."

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (227.2 g)
  • Calories 294.5
  • Total Fat - 12 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 85.2 mg
  • Sodium - 771.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.2 g
  • Sugars - 2.1 g
  • Protein - 36.2 g
  • Calcium - 29 mg
  • Iron - 3.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Steak ... Depending on the size of you crock pot, you can make 1 large roulade; or, you can make a couple of smaller ones, which is what I prefer. Lay the steak in between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pound thin. Use a rolling pin, meat mallet, or a heavy pot; which ever works best for you. Again, you can make 1 large roulade, or 2-3 smaller ones; that is completely up to you.

Step 2

Bacon and Onion ... In a small saute pan, add the bacon and slowly cook on medium to medium low heat. If you render the bacon slowly, you don't need to add any extra oil. Once the bacon if about half way cooked, add the onion and cook until the onion is tender, and the bacon is crisp. Remove to a plate lined with a paper towel. Don't discard the bacon drippings.

Step 3

Filling ... Lay out the steak and spread with the mustard; then, add the pickles, bacon and onions, and roll up the steak, starting at the widest side. Tie the roll together with butchers twine or cotton string. Or, you can also use a basic (non-waxed, or flavored) dental floss. Make sure to tie in 3-4 places to hold the roll together.

Step 4

Vegetables ... Add the celery, carrots, and onions to the crock pot.

Step 5

Saute ... In the pan you cooked the bacon in, return to the stove and bring to medium high heat. Add the roulades and brown on each side. You just want to get a nice sear. Once they are brown, transfer to the crock pot on top of the bed of vegetables. Deglaze the pan with the red wine, stir breaking up all the bits; then, add in the tomato paste, broth, bay leaf, and stir just to combine and pour over the meat and vegetables.

Step 6

Cook ... Turn on low and cook 7-9 hours until tender. This will vary dependent on your crock pot.

Step 7

Gravy ... Remove the roulades to a plate and cover with foil to let it rest. Add the liquid from the crock to a small pot on the stove. Puree the broth and the vegetables using an immersion blender, or you can use a regular blender. Bring the heat to medium and cook 3-5 minutes until slightly reduced; If you prefer more gravy, you could add a little water or more broth if you want, but it makes quite a bit. Add the butter and stir to combine. Note: If you like your gravy a bit thicker ... you could mix a little corn starch with cold water (a teaspoon or 2) and add to the gravy. Bring to a light boil and the gravy will thicken up. I don't find it necessary, but that is up to you.

Step 8

Serve ... Cut the roulade into medallions, then top with the gravy. ENJOY!

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



We really liked this dish with the exception of the carrots...they just didn't seem to belong with what we are used to...I did enjoy having the pickles chopped up...I'll be doing that for our my future Rouladens...I cut the recipe way down...made for "Alphabet" tag game...

review by:
(19 Dec 2019)


Very good! Fork tender and delicious gravy. I served it with egg noodles and a small salad.

review by:
(5 Nov 2014)

Linda D.

Wow, made this for 1/26/14 dinner w/cousin and husband and it was absolutely the best. My cousin thought it was as great as the one he tasted many years ago that he thought could not be beat. And, my husband being from German background was licking the plate as well. Just a perfect recipe for roulade. The only challenge is getting a butcher who will pound the round steak nice and thin. I had a butcher do it at the supermarket, but it still wasn't think and spread out enough so I had to do some more at home yet I don't really have the right equipment nor surface area to do it but I managed. I am always concerned about raw meat contamination.

review by:
(28 Jan 2014)