1. Food
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Beef Roulade Recipe - Polish Zrazy

User Rating 4 Star Rating (3 Reviews)


Polish Beef Roulade or Zrazy

Polish Beef Roulade or Zrazy

© 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
Polish beef roulade or zrazy (ZRAH-zih) is a very common main course offering dating to 14th-century nobility. There are myriad varieties with just as many different fillings, including mushrooms, sauerkraut, herbs, breadcrumbs with horseradish, among others.

This recipe uses pickles, ham and green onions, and can be prepared on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, but no matter how it is cooked, zrazy always tastes better the next day.

Here is a larger picture of Polish Beef Roulade.

Makes 4 servings of Polish Beef Roulade or Zrazy

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes


  • 8 thin sandwich steaks, trimmed and pounded 1/8-inch thick
  • Grainy mustard
  • 2 dill pickles, cut into thin strips
  • 4 ounces ham, cut into thin strips
  • 2 green onions, white and light green parts, cut into thin strips
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 4 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sour cream
  • Chopped parsley


  1. Spread a thin layer of mustard on each steak and divide the pickles, ham and onion among the steaks. Fold in the sides and roll as for stuffed cabbage. Secure with a toothpick, if necessary.

  2. Heat oil in large Dutch oven and brown beef rolls on all sides. Remove meat and add flour to the pan, and cook to a light brown to make a roux. Stir in the stock, wine, tomato paste, and salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer 1 minute.

  3. Return beef rolls to the pan and spoon over some of the sauce. Cover and cook over low 45 minutes to 1 hour, adding more liquid as necessary during cooking.

  4. When the rolls are cooked, transfer to a serving dish and remove the toothpicks, if used, and ladle over the sauce. Dollop with sour cream and chopped parsley. Great with rice, mashed potatoes, Finger Dumplings or Drop Potato Dumplings.
User Reviews

Reviews for this section have been closed.

 3 out of 5
Rolletes, Member trbrustowicz

My Polish mother used to make these by finely chopping green pepper, onion, and mushrooms. She rolled this up in the beef, and cooked as above. we loved them, i do it by putting the vegs in a food processor and mixing them up then placing on the meat. great eating

2 out of 2 people found this helpful.

See all 3 reviews

  1. About.com
  2. Food
  3. Eastern European Food
  4. Main Courses
  5. Polish Main Courses
  6. Polish Beef Roulade (Zrazy) Main Course Recipe

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.