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Savory Roast Beef and Gouda Rolls

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Savory Roast Beef and Gouda Rolls

Stuffed with savory caramelized onions, spinach, roast beef and melted gouda cheese. These roast beef and gouda rolls make an elegant appetizer or easy dinner that takes just one dish.Savory Roast Beef and Gouda Rolls

Oy vey, it’s been one of those weeks.  The kind where you are working so hard, barely treading water while life just keeps piling up tasks around you. We are officially in “going to school mode.” Which is to say, all of us are trying, but we have a hard time keeping our crap together. None of us do early mornings well and the morning school routine is still really hard. One of my kids is drowning in homework already. And our mower broke this week, so only half the lawn is cut. The half that did get cut? A piece fell off the mower, so the process sounded like a motorcycle about to explode times 10. Our landscaping looks like it’s been maintained by the Tasmanian Devil. Savory Roast Beef and Gouda RollsThe hustle and bustle of the back to school shuffle means I’m on the lookout for easy, one dish dinners. Because washing dishes is the bane of my existence. While cleaning out the freezer this week I found some frozen bread dough I’d forgotten about. Frozen bread dough is one of my best friends, it’s so versatile. Dress it up sweet and make cinnamon rolls, or my favorite…a giant chocolate cinnamon roll! Stuff it with savory ingredients and turn it into dinner. These savory roast beef and gouda rolls fall into that category. Savory Roast Beef and Gouda Rolls

All you need is a cast iron skillet.  Do you have a cast iron skillet? If you don’t, you really need to get one. Our grandma’s knew their stuff, cooking with cast iron is awesome. It transitions from stove to oven, is easy to clean, and is virtually indestructible.Savory Roast Beef and Gouda Rolls

Back to the roast beef and gouda rolls. Stuffed with caramelized onions, spinach, roast beef and melted gouda cheese these rolls make an elegant appetizer that is hearty enough to transition easily to dinner. Just add a side salad, some fruit, and you’re good to go.

Savory Roast Beef and Gouda Rolls

One of the best parts of these rolls is the bottoms. They soak up all the butter and juices, making them buttery crisp on the edges. Then gooey melted gouda on the inside. Gooey melted cheese is practically my love language.

So easy! So yummy! So pretty! So little dishes to wash, thank the heavens.

Savory Roast Beef and Gouda Rolls

Savory Roast Beef and Gouda Rolls

Yield: 12 rolls
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Stuffed with savory caramelized onions, spinach, roast beef and melted gouda cheese. These roast beef and gouda rolls make an elegant appetizer or easy dinner that takes just one dish.


  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 7 ounces deli roast beef, sliced thin
  • 8 ounces shredded gouda cheese
  • 3 cups roughly chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, heat the butter over medium heat until melted.
  3. Add the onions and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally until the onions have turned brown and have caramelized.
  4. While the onions caramelize, place the thawed bread dough on a lightly floured surface. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a 12 inch by 12 inch square.
  5. After the onions have caramelized add to the pan the spinach, garlic, and roast beef. Cook until the spinach has wilted. About 3-5 minutes.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, spread the roast beef mixture over the bread dough. Pour out the excess butter and juices from the pan, reserving only about 1 Tablespoon in the bottom.
  7. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the the dough.
  8. Starting at one end, roll the dough up and pinch to seal the edge. Slice the dough into 1 inch pieces and place into the skillet.
  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
  10. Serve warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 12 rolls
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223

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Sunday 4th of October 2020

I don't understand, are you referring to homemade frozen bread dough? I've never seen bread dough at a grocery store. And what size loaf? I'm thinking of just using pillsbury crescent roll or pizza dough instead.

Amy D

Monday 5th of October 2020

Hi Jenny,

You can usually find the frozen bread dough in the freezer section at grocery stores near the frozen garlic bread. I love baking bread, but having frozen on hand is such a time saver. Here's a link to the brand I recommend. I hope this helps you out, but if you still can't find it your plan of refrigerated pizza dough is an excellent alternative.


Megan @ MegUnprocessed

Friday 3rd of February 2017

This is creative!

Linda | Brunch-n-Bites

Wednesday 1st of February 2017

Oh gosh...what a day! I feel you and hiding under the blanket is my favorite thing on days like that. These rolls look fantastic and comforting! I should start changing my strategy now. instead hiding under the blanket, perhaps I should make this :)

Amy D

Thursday 2nd of February 2017

I think these rolls would definitely improve most people's day! But I'm with you, it's hard to pass up hiding under the blankets.


Wednesday 31st of August 2016

That looks wonderful and I think I have frozen bread dough on hand!

Amy D

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

Me too! I always try and keep some on hand. It's just so easy. I'm planning on making an epic batch of calzones with my frozen bread dough over Labor Day weekend.


Wednesday 31st of August 2016

This sounds amazing! I am going to try this next week.

Amy D

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

Buffy, I hope that your family will enjoy them. Everyone in my family loves them except for my one child who has curiously decided out of nowhere to be a picky eater the last few weeks.

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