Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ja das ist ein Family Reunion!

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!
Dill pickles
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.



Salt in Suburbia said...

Oh jah, I've got 100% German heritage too. I have made rouladen and yep, my husband loves it! Not so sure about the pickle relish though .... I'm strictly a dill pickle person. I'll have to find out what "rouladen rings" are... Never heard of them. Maybe we Minnesota Germans aren't that fancy :-)

Jen said...

This sounds like an awesome dish but I want to eat yours not one made by a non-German..... me.

Amber said...

German here too - but my hubby's family is who gets all into it with the cooking etc. He asked me if I knew how to make streudels one day and I hadnt a clue what he was talking about - maybe some Reuladen will work instead :) Are you sure you don't have that opera singing gene? Haha!

Kmama said...

I'm more than 50% German, and yet, I've never had rouladen. I'm not so sure I'll try it either. It sounds too complicated for me. ;-)

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Sounds really good. I will have to try it one night.

blueviolet said...

I have a wee bit of German in me too, but I'm such a mutt that everything is just a wash. I'm loving that recipe!

Funny in My Mind said...

I am German myself. (Ich bin Deutscher)
My son just finished his 2nd year of German and he always has to bring a food dish to class a couple times a school year. It is always rouladen.
I detest rouladen but my husband adores it (his mom's recipe)
She doesn't use pickle and wraps the meat around a carrot. I almost barf every time.
I will take the frothy beer though!

w said...

everyone's telling you what part german they are. so i, too, am compelled to share. 0%.

rouladen sounds good.

also. when you said lederhosen, all i could think of was phineas and ferb. you know. doofenschmertz. <--- probably i spelled his name wrong. again. 0%.

Anonymous said...

You had me at bacon