Friday, November 26, 2010

Dinner Rolls To Die For

The most delicious bread from Thanksgiving was a dinner roll recipe from my friend Becky at What’s 4 Dinner Tonite. My assignments were sweet potatoes, Grandma Turchin’s Cranberry Sauce, and dinner rolls for Thanksgiving. I think my husband assumed that we would purchase the dinner rolls from the grocery store. Boy was he wrong! Instead I thought it would be great to make dinner rolls from scratch for the first time. After all, I’m learning to become a self taught chef – I must learn how to make dinner rolls!

Let me tell you about these dinner rolls . . . they are fluffy, but hearty. Sweet and buttery background flavors. We ate them for Thanksgiving dinner and used them as bread for our turkey sandwiches post dinner. I recommend these dinner rolls for Thanksgiving dinner or ANY special dinner party. The trick is to make the dough the night before. Then it’s easy to roll them out the next day for construction, rising and quick oven cooking.

The original recipe is here on Becky’s Website. Since there were only five of us at Thanksgiving dinner I halved the recipe and placed the rolls in a 11 X 15 inch pan. I also let the rolls rise next to the warm stove for 2-3 hours.

Mrs. Reynolds Homemade Potato Yeast Rolls

1 russet potato (enough to make 1/2 cup of mashed potatoes), peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 ¼ ounce package active dry yeast (USE RAPID rise yeast, it works better and makes fluffier and lighter rolls than the active dry yeast – I used about ¾ of the packet)
¾ cup warm water (110 degrees)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/3 cup shortening
1 eggs
¾ teaspoons salt
3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions from Becky
1.Place potatoes in a saucepan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. SAVE SOME OF THE COOKING LIQUID and drain the potatoes. Mash the potatoes using a hand mixer and add enough water to make a smooth consistency. DO NOT ADD BUTTER OR SALT! Let potatoes cool before adding them to the flour mixture. (too much heat will kill the yeast)

2. Dissolve 3/4 of the packet of yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

3. Using a mixer, VERY SLOWLY (or it flies out!) mix yeast, 1 cup mashed potatoes, sugar, shortening, eggs, salt, and 3 cups flour. SLOWLY stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough has become stiff but still pliable.
Using a stand mixer, KNEAD the dough (just keep it on the regular setting) for 8 minutes. You can knead this on the counter if you don’t have one. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl, and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, and up to 5 days.

4. When ready to use, deflate the dough, and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to a thickness of about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. Use a biscuit cutter or glass and cut out rolls. Dip each side of the rolls into melted butter and fold them over and pinch the outside middle so they stay folded over. Put in 9×13 pan or whatever size pan depending on how many you are making. Cover, and let rise for 1 to 2 hours or until doubled in bulk. ** (I LET THEM RISE FOR 2 HOURS) Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

On another note . . . I’m actively building a case to purchase a stand-alone mixer. Judging from this video below, the case is settled. Making dinner rolls with a hand-mixer can get a little tricky. The dinner rolls turned out great . . . but mixing them was a task. Good laughs for the husband. Enjoy the video!


  1. Your case to purchase a standing mixer has been reviewed and denied ... this way is much more fun :)

  2. Cute Mandy! Those look really yummy :)
    You'll be mad at me though: there's a kitchen store here in Augusta that is going out of business. Their black friday sale is also their liquidation sale. My husband and I just got back from their sale and I got a Viking professional mixer for 50% off. When you come to my house we can play with it! :D
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. I want to play with your mixer Maggie! That sounds so dirty, but a totally true statement.

  4. Well, my milkshake DOES bring the boys to the yard :D LOL

  5. Just watched your video. Hilarious! I was laughing so hard. Yes, they're much easier with a stand mixer, but not nearly as entertaining! So glad you made the rolls. They've been a winner in my family for many years. Thanks for the post on your blog!!

  6. Loved the video. Now I know not to try that:)