I am having a dinner party in a few weeks and am planning to make beef rouladen (we are having an Oktoberfest theme) and I am wondering about how far I can go in preparing it. I am wondering about getting to fully-assmebled and then putting it into the fridge and browning and cooking once guests are there. Or...ideally, can I brown it, make the sauce etc....and get everything up to the point of baking it in the oven the morning before the party?
What do you think? Thanks for your help :)
You can do everything up to and including browning, then freeze them. About three hours before meal time, add some braising liquid to the pan, cover, and pop into a 325F oven.
I do this all the time - my wife doesn't consider it Christmas if I don't make rouladen, and our son usually requests it for his birthday dinner 10 days later. I make one pan for Christmas, and freeze the other for a few days.
Do it all ahead of time and gently reheat in the oven or microwave. Like most braised meat dishes, it's better the next day.