You might be looking at the title of this post and wondering, “What exactly is Bacon Sushi?”
Well, we didn’t know either until we were inspired by a German dish named, Rouladen. In traditional Rouladen, they roll a pickle (so good), mustard, onion, and bacon inside a thinly sliced cut of beef.
However, the one thing I don’t like about traditional Rouladen, is the one thing I should like the most – the bacon. The bacon is soggy because it’s wrapped inside the beef. It just does not get crispy….and REALLY, who like soggy bacon?
But we saw the potential of this dish….Rouladen is almost perfect EXCEPT for the bacon….
So instead of putting the bacon inside the beef, we decided to put the beef inside the bacon….or what we call Bacon Sushi – Rouladen Roll. Watch our video and let me show you what I mean!
Before you begin, you need to know that there are 2 keys to making this Rouladen Roll. Don’t mess these up.
1. THE BEEF: You need to select the right cut of beef. This is critical. There may be other cuts that work well, but I use thinly sliced top or bottom round. The top round will be more tender but the bottom round works just fine.
Also, it needs to be thinly sliced. Really, No more than .25” inch.
In my local grocer, I can find thinly cut bottom round on the shelf labeled as a breakfast steak. It is already cut perfectly for this dish – no need to ask the butcher to do anything extra.
If you cannot find thinly cut steaks, you can always pound your meat when you get home. However, as with buying any steak, look for the steaks which have the best marbling…they will be the most tender.
2. THE BACON: The second key to making delicious bacon sushi, is of course, the bacon. Cheap fatty bacon will produce a cheap result. Buy the good stuff, you’ll be glad you did. Also, I prefer to use thin cut bacon because, it cooks faster.
We include instructions on how to make the dish in the video with the recipe details below
Once you’ve prepare the Bacon Sushi, there’s many ways you can cook it….On the grill, over indirect heat, or in a skillet or an oven. Since I often make many of these at one, I prefer to use the oven….not to mention, the oven is just hassle free. You can cook a lot of them in a short amount of time.
When baking, the pickles will release moisture as it cooks, so be sure to drain any excess liquid after about 15 – 20 minutes. If you don’t drain the liquid, the bacon will not get crispy…..ahhh!
While the Rouladen Roll is baking in the oven, go ahead and make your side dishes. I think mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts are the perfect sides for your Bacon Sushi. You’ll know when it’s done because you can see the rich brown color of the bacon.
The pickle, the beef, bacon and mustard combine for a mellow flavor that melts together in a unique way. The result is crispy, fully cooked bacon which serves as a little sleeping bag for the delicious pickle stuffed beef!
This unique item can be the main course for your next dinner or the perfect party appetizer because you can slice them up just like sushi, and serve each slice on toothpicks. Your guests will be amazed that you cooked up some Bacon Sushi. FOREALZ! No matter the crowd, the more you make this, the more people will want you to make it.
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