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Bavarian Pot Roast

The chill of winter still looms around us, so I needed something to bake long and slow to warm the kitchen with a homey scent. The flavors are like Rouladen without all the fuss. We have cut down on red meat considerably, so if we are going to eat red meat, it has to taste really good. The boys were thrilled to see beef at the table and every last bite was savored. According to them this was a post worthy recipe. So I hope your family enjoys it too.
  • 3 pounds of a roast, trimmed well so there is little fat
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 carrots cut according to your liking, sliced or in sticks
  • 2 onions diced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced (I didn't have any)
  • 3/4-1 cup chopped dill pickles
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/3 cup German Style Mustard ( I used grainy Dijon)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • coarse black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves ( I used only a pinch)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. Trim fat from roast. Brown in large Dutch oven, in hot oil. Cover with vegetables and pickles. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine broth, mustard, pepper, cloves and bay leaves. Pour over meat. 
  3. Bake in a 325 F oven for 4 hours or in a slow cooker on low for 8-10 hours/high for 4-5 hours. Remove meat from cooker and place on plate to keep warm.
  4. Gravy: Transfer veggies to another bowl. Put cooking liquid in a sauce pan or leave it in the dutch oven. Skim fat. Remove bay leaves. Stir flour and 2 tablespoons water or broth together. Stir in to pan and cook till thickened and the raw taste of the flour is gone, about 2 minutes or so.
  5. Serve sliced meat, surrounded by veggies, over Spaetzle or noodles. Garnish with crisp bacon if desired. I omitted that and served it over whole wheat yolk free noodles.


  1. I am drooling. Next roast I cook will be done like this.

  2. Looks wonderful. I don't make Rouladen often enought because of all the putzing to roll, etc. What a nice departure with still the great flavors. Thanks

  3. OH, how lovely is that, the dill pickles caught my eye, this is a definite try, thank you as always..

  4. Mmm..I can smell it cooking! Dill pickles with a roast?? Then again why not..I will try it.

  5. This looks like a really wonderful combination of flavours Charlotte. .thank you.

  6. Oh, man, that looks DELICIOUS.

  7. This sounds so wonderfully flavorful! I can see why your boys were happy. Kathy

  8. I love Rouladen and I can just smell the Bavarian spices/herbs.
    Guess what? I have a roast defrosting in my fridge.

  9. This is an awesome Pot Roast, ladies. My family, too, loves Rouladen and this is all the flavor and none of the fuss. We enjoyed it tonight (with some lovely spaetzle) and I can't thank you enough. I'll be posting a (raving) review on my blog this week.

  10. This was a wonderful way to make our roast today. I loved the mustard flavor. The pickles really added to the dish as well! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!!!

  11. Oh my this looks delicious! My son just returned from a visit to Germany and brought me some German mustard, this will be Sunday supper this weekend! Thank you for sharing all your recipes, I am enjoying them and your website so much, it all brings back so many childhood memories, thank you for that :)


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