What Does Roulade Mean?

Beef Roulade
Beef Roulade. © Michal Kram / Getty Images


A Roulade is a French culinary term meaning a "roll," and can refer to a savory dish or a sweet dish.

Savory Roulade

If used in the savory sense, a roulade is a thin piece of meat, poultry, fish and sometimes vegetables (eggplant, zucchini strips, for example) that is spread with a filling. The filling can consist of ground meat of contrasting flavor (like ground pork in flank steak), breadcrumbs, vegetables, mushrooms, pickles, cheese, hard-cooked eggs and other ingredients.

The meat, poultry, fish or vegetable strip is then rolled up and tied or sometimes skewered with a toothpick. The roulade is cooked (usually by braising in the case of beef) on the stovetop or in the oven, and often served with gravy or some type of sauce. Here are 7 Savory Roulade Recipes you might enjoy.

Sweet Roulade

A sweet roulade, on the other hand, usually refers to a dessert made with sponge cake and variously filled with whipped cream, pastry cream, ganache, jam and sometimes fruit, and then rolled up jellyroll fashion. These dessert roulades are also commonly called Swiss rolls. The cake is said to have originated in Central Europe, not Switzerland, so the name's origins are unclear. Here are 6 Dessert Roulades to try your hand at.

Pronunciation of Roulade: roo-LAHD

Roulade Is Also Known As: Polish rolada, German rouladen, Italian braciola

Example: I made a Hungarian beef roulade stuffed with hard-cooked eggs.

For dessert, we had a Hungarian raspberry-cream roulade.

Roulades Appear In Every Cuisine

Some form of food roll exists in every cuisine. Consider the Chinese egg roll, for example. Here is an international collection of roulade recipes, both savory and sweet.

Savory Roulade Recipes

Dessert Roulade Recipes