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Rouladen Helper

T&T recipes don't always have to be meals served weekly, daily, or monthly. They can be special recipes served only a couple time of years. Recipes such as Rachel Ray's Anne Marie Rouladen.

As a recipe from her famous 30 minute meals cooking show, one would believe the instructions stating Anne Marie's Rouladen would be ready 30 minutes.  If you made this recipe you would discover this to be false.  For truly tender, melt in your mouth rouladen, the recipe needs to be cooked for a few hours. Let me tell you, the hours it cooks makes the meal worth the effort.

To offset time crunches during the week, this T&T Roulden Helper was created based upon the original recipe and can be cooked from start to finish in less than an hour.

4 strips bacon, diced
1 lb lean ground beef (not pork, chicken, or turkey)
1 small onion, finely diced
2 teaspoon garlic, minced
3 tablespoons flour
2-3 teaspoons yellow mustard or 1 powder
1/4 cup hamburger pickles, diced
Salt and Pepper, to taste

In large dutch oven, fry bacon to extra crispy.  Set aside.  To bacon grease, fry ground beef, onions, and garlic.  When fully brown (bits of dark crunchy meat edges are ok) mix in flour until meat well coated, add remaining ingredients and mix in water until just soupy.  Let meat simmer for 30-45 minutes, checking water and seasonings.  Final meat product needs to be slightly thick like SOS.

Serve over chunky mashed potatoes with green beans.

Scaled for Likability: Great
Real roulden is rich, decadent, and time consuming.  Anne Marie's Rouladen is an easy weekend version.  Rouladen Helper is the perfect weeknight meal that is even better as leftovers.

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