Last weekend we had a family reunion, on my dad's side.
I learned tooooons of stuff about my family history. Some stuff I already knew, other stuff I had no idea. For example, apparently there is an "opera singer" gene that runs in my family. (FYI - I don't have it).
Also, lots of folks have red hair!
And we're all really, really German! I have the Schnitzelbank song burned in my brain now. Ya, dat is a dickie frau! Or whatever. That's what I sang, anyway.
I'm feeling all pro-german heritage after it. Like I want to dress Aidan and Owen up in some lederhosen. And drink a big frothy beer. And watch the foot-ball (i.e., soccer).
But instead I'll just post a fantasmic German recipe for you all to enjoy - Rouladen. Ooh, I make a mean Rouladen.
(Disclaimer: It sounds disgusting. But my Rouladen is what makes me 99.99% sure Scotty will never divorce me. He could give me up, maybe - but not my Rouladen).
Rouladen - A German Dish to Die For
What You Need:
Round steak - as thin as you can get it!
2 Beef Bouillon Cubes
What You Do:
Cut the round steak into 2 long sections. Spread with mustard. Sprinkle the meat heavily with chopped onion, chopped pickles, and chopped cooked bacon.
(FYI - I use dill pickle relish (since it's already chopped) and microwave bacon (since it's already cooked). My mom calls this "cheater" rouladen. I say her opinion doesn't count because technically I'm more German than she is.)
Roll up the meat and tie with string. Or you can use rouladen rings. Yes, I have rouladen rings. I am that fancy.
Brown the rolls in a dutch oven. Dissolve beef bouillon cubes in 2 cups boiling water. Pour over the meat. Cover and simmer for 1 - 1.5 hous. Don't let it boil too much! You want there to be plenty of liquid there at the end to make gravy.
Do you know how to make gravy? It took a long time for me to learn how to do it right. Mix up some flour with water so it's kinda like a runny soup - allllmost thick, but not. Take the meat out of the pot, turn it up to high until it's boiling, and then pour the flour/water mixture slowly into the pot while stirring. It should thicken. If it didn't, you did it wrong. Sorry. Enjoy your Rouladen with crappy gravy. ;-)
Oh, and serve it with noodles or boiled potatoes. Or maybe both. We Germans love our starches.
Anyway, give it a whirl and let me know if you tried it! Your husbands will love you.