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Uncooked Rouladen
Sliced beef roulade filled with bacon, onion and pickled cucumber. The carrot piece on top belongs to the broth, which is used as gravy for the complements.

Rinderrouladen (German: [ˈʁɪndɐʁuˌlaːdn̩] ; plural, singular Rinderroulade (German: [ˈʁɪndɐʁuˌlaːdə] )) are a German meat dish, usually consisting of bacon, onions, mustard and pickles wrapped in thinly sliced beef which is then cooked.[1] The dish is considered traditional also in the Upper Silesia region of Poland where it is known as rolada śląska (Silesian roulade) and in the Czech Republic where it is known as španělský ptáček (spanish bird). In Britain, the equivalent dish is widely referred to as beef olives.[2]

Beef or veal is typically used, though some food scholars tend to believe that the original version was probably venison or pork, and pork is still popular in some areas. The beef rouladen as we know them today have become popular over the last century. The cut is usually topside beef or silverside since this is the cheaper cut. The meat is cut into large, thin slices.

The filling is a mixture of smoked fatback, chopped onions and chopped pickles (gherkins) which is at times varied by adding minced meat or sausage meat. The mixture varies from region to region. Rouladen are traditionally served for dinner. Red wine is often used for the gravy.


Rinderrouladen are usually served with either potato dumplings or mashed potatoes and pickled red cabbage. Roasted winter vegetables are another common side dish. The gravy is an absolute requirement to round off the dish and is usually poured over the meat. Spätzle are a good complement to the dish since they soak up the gravy well.

Originally considered as a dish for common people, it is today enjoyed by many as a festive dish.

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  1. ^ "Rinderroulade". TheFreeDictionary.com. 2014. Farlex, Inc. 31 Dec. 2014
  2. ^ "Simple Beef Olives recipe". Scottish Scran. 11 May 2022. Retrieved 2023-01-18.

3. Leckeres Gericht Zarte Rinderrouladen im Backofen Dec. 2023