This Pork Roulade is a delicious and impressive recipe that you should try for your next family dinner, special occasion, dinner party, or even for your Christmas dinner! It looks incredible and tastes even better, yet it’s super simple and easy to make!
This recipe is a true show topper that’s perfect for Sunday dinners with the family or the holidays too! This is a fairly special and traditional recipe that has been passed down through generations and I want to share it with you today.
If you love pork, or meat in general, and want a unique, special, crowd-pleasing recipe that’s easy to make but is perfect for special occasions too, then this is the perfect one for you. You’re going to fall in love with it, I’m sure of it!
Want to learn how to make this Pork Roulade? Then keep on reading!
Table of Contents
- What is a Pork Roulade?
- What Makes This Pork Roulade Recipe Special?
- What You Need to Make Pork Roulade at Home
- How to Make Pork Roulade
- How to Serve Pork Roulade
- Recipe Variation Ideas for Pork Roulade
- How to Store Leftover Pork Roulade
- Similar Recipes You'll Love
- Recipe Card
- Classic Pork Roulade (Best Pork Loin Recipe!)
What is a Pork Roulade?
To understand what pork roulade is, let’s first understand what roulade is! Roulade comes from the French word rouler, which literally means ‘to roll’.
But most of the time, the first thing that comes to our mind when we think of roulade as a dessert! But roulades don’t have to always be sweet, like my Chocolate Roulade recipe, but they can also be savory, like this delicious Pork Roulade.
And so, a Pork Roulade is a delicious rolled and roasted pork loin that’s been seasoned to perfection. Sometimes roulade can also include stuffing, but it’s not absolutely necessary!
This recipe is the perfect base to add any stuffing you like though, and I’ve included some fun ideas in the recipe variations section below!
What Makes This Pork Roulade Recipe Special?
This is a classic and traditional recipe that has been passed down through generations and I’m really excited to share it with you today.
It features delicious classic flavors that you’re going to absolutely love. It’s by far one of the best recipes to try for Christmas dinner, or any other special occasion or holiday. It’s also perfect for a family Sunday dinner.
Special dishes like these sometimes intimidate people. And that is partly due to the steps involved in making it. And while this roulette recipe may seem like a hassle to make, it's really not as complicated as it may look and is absolutely worth it.
The flavors are exceptional, and you’ll notice your family gobble it down quickly because it’s that good!
Traditionally, it is most commonly served as a side dish, even if there is already a main meat dish served. There's something satisfying in having another meaty flavor boost on your holiday dinner plate.
And because it is usually made for major holiday meals or life events, it earned itself a reputation of being sort of a ‘special occasion’ treat.
So try this recipe today and, trust me, you won’t be disappointed at how beautiful it is!
What You Need to Make Pork Roulade at Home
Making this delicious pork roast meal involves using incredibly simple, pantry-staple ingredients! Here’s what you’ll need to make it at home:
- Pork: First of all, we’ll need some delicious pork! I’ve used pork loin here which is a top boneless roast piece that’s absolutely perfect for this recipe. You may also use pork tenderloin here instead.
- Vegeta: You’ll also need some Vegeta, which is a delicious seasoning mix that is made of dehydrated vegetables, including carrots, onions, parsnips, potatoes, and celery. This adds a beautiful flavor dimension to the dish.
- Mrs. Dash seasoning: We’ll also be using some Mrs. Dash Seasoning mix which includes delicious spices and herbs such as celery seed, rosemary, mustard, cumin, lemon juice powder, etc. It truly elevates the flavor of this roulade!
- Garlic powder: To make the flavors even better, we’ll also be adding some garlic powder to this recipe.
- Dried parsley: You’ll also need some dried parsley which really complements all the other flavors in this dish.
- Seasonings: We’ll also be adding some kosher salt and black pepper to the recipe to season it perfectly according to taste.
- Butcher’s twine: To tie our rolled pork, we’ll be using pieces of kitchen twine (aka butcher’s twine) in this recipe.
How to Make Pork Roulade
Making this delicious recipe is super easy, which makes it one of the best picks for Christmas dinners where you already have so many things to prep and cook! Here’s how to make this incredibly simple and easy recipe:
How to Prep Pork Roulade
Start by measuring out all dry ingredients: Vegeta, Mrs. Dash seasoning, garlic powder, dry parsley, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Stir together and set aside until ready for use.
Next, butterfly the pork by taking each piece of pork loin and first cutting it in half to check 4 chunks. Next, slice each chunk into two sheets or strips that are about ¼ inch thick using a sharp knife. You’ll end up with 8 thin sheets of meat.
Then place all the meat into a bowl and season them with the prepared seasoning mix. Allow it to marinate for at least 4 hours.
Time to roll them up! Work with one sheet at a time. Lay out a sheet on a cutting board or clean the working surface. Using a meat mallet beat one side of the sheet to make it somewhat flatter. You can also cover it with plastic wrap first.
Then roll it up tightly and tie both ends with butcher twine. Repeat this process with the remaining meat.
How to Bake Pork Roulade
Transfer all meat rolls onto a roasting pan or baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Make sure to place them seam-side down.
Bake in a preheated oven at 400 F (204 C) for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until golden in color.
Remove from the oven and cool the rolls to room temperature before transferring them into an airtight container.
Store rolls unsliced in the refrigerator in the container covered with a lid until needed. Slice right before serving. Your delicious Pork Roulade is ready to be served!
How to Serve Pork Roulade
Slices of these very tasty rolls can also make incredible and attractive canapes for parties. Leftovers make fantastic snacks, simply placed on top of Homemade French Bread afterward.
They are also perfect to serve with dishes such as Rich N’ Creamy Potato Casserole and Cabbage Carrots and Peppers Salad. I hope you love it as much as we do!
It's a staple in every Slavic household. It might also surprise you, but this particular meat roll-up is best served cold, which also distinguishes it from the main hot meat dish.
In another traditional touch, we usually serve these meat rolls with a dollop of Ukrainian spicy red horseradish beet sauce.
Recipe Variation Ideas for Pork Roulade
This delicious Pork Roulade recipe is a true classic and will work as a side dish alongside any meat recipe you serve. But you can also make it into a main dish by adding some stuffing to it. Here are some great ideas to try:
Vegetables: You can stuff them with your favorite vegetables! Mushrooms work beautifully in this recipe and the flavors are absolutely perfect. You can also try adding some spinach. Sauté your favorite veggies in a large skillet on medium-high heat before adding them as a stuffing.
Meat: How about stuffing your pork roulade with some more meat? Try adding some bacon or sausage to your tasty roulade.
Cheese: If you’re a cheese lover, you can also add your favorite cheese to the stuffing!
How to Store Leftover Pork Roulade
Storing this delicious pork roulade is super simple! All you need to do is place it in an airtight container and pop it in the fridge. You can store it this way for up to 3 days.
What’s best is that you can also freeze it for up to 3 months by placing it in a freezer-safe container and then popping it in the freezer! Let it thaw overnight in the fridge before having it.
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Classic Pork Roulade (Best Pork Loin Recipe!)
- Butchers twine
Pork Meat Roulette Ingredients
- 5 lbs. – pork lion top boneless roast
- 1 tbsp. - Mrs. Dash seasoning
- 1 tbsp. – Vegetta
- 1 tsp. – garlic powder
- 1 tsp. – dry parsley
- 1 tbsp. – sea salt
- 1 tsp. – freshly ground black pepper
- Butchers twine
How to Prep Pork Roulade
- Start by measuring out all dry ingredients: Vegeta, Mrs. Dash seasoning, garlic powder, dry parsley, sea salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Stir together and set aside until ready for use.
- Next, butterfly the pork by taking each piece of pork loin and first cutting it in half to check 4 chunks. Next, slice each chunk into two sheets or strips that are about ¼ inch thick using a sharp knife. You’ll end up with 8 thin sheets of meat.
- Then place all the meat into a bowl and season them with the prepared seasoning mix. Allow it to marinate for at least 4 hours.
- Time to roll them up! Work with one sheet at a time. Lay out a sheet on a cutting board or clean the working surface. Using a meat mallet beat one side of the sheet to make it somewhat flatter. You can also cover it with plastic wrap first.
- Then roll it up tightly and tie both ends with butcher twine. Repeat this process with the remaining meat.
How to Bake Pork Roulade
- Transfer all meat rolls onto a roasting pan or baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Make sure to place them seam-side down.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 400 F (204 C) for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until golden in color.
- Remove from the oven and cool the rolls to room temperature before transferring them into an airtight container.
- Store rolls unsliced in the refrigerator in the container covered with a lid until needed. Slice right before serving. Your delicious Pork Roulade is ready to be served!
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This is an updated recipe. The picture (below) is from December 29, 2014, when the recipe was originally posted.
Sounds very yummy! Thanx for sharing! Do you mind telling me where you bought it and what kind of cut is it?
It depends. I get it from a butcher or Costco. You can use any meat, but I prefer the whole loin roast.
I have some pork chops. Will they work for this recipe?
Never made pork chops in the oven, but I have a delicious on the grill recipe. I think the pork chops will be little to hard if made it in the oven with this recipe. To have a soft and juice meat is to marinade with spices and mayo for at least 4 hrs or overnight is one of the secret.
Check this recipe out https://www.valyastasteofhome.com/pork-bone-lion-chops-stakes
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Yum! Can't wait for tomorrow. We got it marinating in the fridge 🙂
Just bought pork loin and Vegeta, can't wait to make it. New Years still counts as a holiday:)
Let me know what you think of it and how it turned out for you.
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I've never made a roulette like this before! I love it, Valya! It really doesn't seem that hard, either. Pinned to try out!
It's very easy to make Gayle. If you ever make it let me know how you like it. Thanks for pinning! 🙂