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Potato Dinner Rolls

potato dinner rolls

Does anyone else listen to The Splendid Table podcast?  I have been for the past six months or so and I have to say I’m hooked.  Host Lynne Rossetto Kasper seems to know the inns and outs of every cuisine around the world.  Anyway, in one of the latest podcasts a woman was planning to make a rabbit for Easter.  This made Lynne laugh.  She said it reminded her of a Julia Child quote.  Someone once asked Julia Child if rabbit would ever be as popular in the U.S. as beef.  And Julia replied “Not as long as there’s an Easter bunny.”  🙂

Just imagine the sad faces on kids if they had to eat a rabbit on Easter.  But when you think about it at Thanksgiving we decorate everything with turkeys and then eat a turkey. We could do the same with rabbits at Easter.  Maybe the president could just pardon a rabbit every Easter. 😉

I don’t even know if I like rabbit.  Never had it.  Have you?

Well, this year’s Easter table will not have a floppy eared bunny on it, but it definitely WILL have these tender, easy to put together dinner rolls.  And don’t worry, if the thought of boiling potatoes and then mashing them to make dinner rolls makes you feel like you might break out in hives, never fear.  All you do is add a tablespoon of instant potatoes to the batter.  It just adds a little somethin’ somethin’.

potato dinner rolls

These dinner rolls are fun to make.  They feel like a chemistry experiment.  I’m pretty sure you could make this recipe with kids and treat it like a science lesson.  But since there are no kids around here I’ll just skip that part and slather these rolls in some fig jam and eat them up.

These are soft and tender and are meant to be eaten right out of the oven when they’re still warm.  Is there any other way?  😉  These are definitely best eaten the first day, hence why they’re a good holiday food when there are lots of hungry mouths around.  The next day they will already be a little dry.  Solution?  Stick them in the microwave for a few seconds and you’ll be golden!

I usally post on Saturdays, but this week I’ll be posting on Friday because of the holiday. Have a hippity hoppity week!

(From a potato roll recipe on The Kitchn).

potato dinner rollls

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Potato Dinner Rolls
  • 1 tbsp instant mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into tiny pieces
  • 1 tsp lemon or orange zest (optional)
  • 2¼ tsp (1 package) active dry yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4-4½ cups all purpose flour
  • Milk for glaze
  1. Whisk the potato flakes into the boiling water.
  2. In a large bowl combine the sugar, salt, butter, and citrus zest if using. Pour boiling potato water mixture over it. Whisk until completely combined, and then set aside to cool for five minutes.
  3. In a small bowl sprinkle yeast over 2 tbsp of warm water and let set until it becomes foamy, about five minutes.
  4. Check the water/butter mixture to make sure that it is warm, but not hot. If it has cooled down, whisk in the eggs until incorporated. Add the yeast and stir again until combined.
  5. Add 2 cups of the flour to the water/butter mixture and beat with a wooden spoon until combined.
  6. Add 2 more cups of flour to the dough and combine until it makes a shaggy, sticky dough. Do not knead. Add the last half cup of flour only if the dough doesn't seem to be at the shaggy stage yet.
  7. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  8. Grease a 9x13 pan with butter or olive oil.
  9. Coat your hands with flour and divide the dough into 24 small balls.
  10. Place them close together in the pan. Cover with a towel and allow them to rise in a warm place for another hour.
  11. Preheat the oven for 375 F. Brush the tops of the dinner rolls with milk.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until browned on top.


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  • Annie @ The Garlic Diaries March 22, 2016, 2:04 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look amazing! I am obsessed with potato rolls – I must, must, must try these :).

    • Amanda March 23, 2016, 8:59 am

      Thanks so much, Annie! Hope you enjoy!

  • Aria March 22, 2016, 2:29 pm

    Do the cats get credit for science lessons? You might want to check that out. 😉
    Rabbit is delicious. It tastes just like chicken…and it’s so tender, it hardly stays on the bones. I think you’d like it! Now to speak of these potato dinner rolls….delicious! Must try.

    • Amanda March 23, 2016, 9:01 am

      Maybe the cats do count! I never thought of that. 🙂 You’re getting me interested in rabbit. I’ll have to try it sometime. It’s good to know it doesn’t have a greasy texture.

  • Mary @ LOVE the secret ingredient March 22, 2016, 4:39 pm

    I haven’t baked any bread or rolls at home in a while. These look great especially as we’re still in the cooler weather transitioning to spring!

    • Amanda March 23, 2016, 9:01 am

      Thanks, Mary!

  • Sina @ Vegan Heaven March 23, 2016, 4:31 am

    These look so delicious, Amanda! 🙂 I’ve never had potato rolls but this sounds super interesting! I think I might need to give these a try soon!

    • Amanda March 23, 2016, 9:02 am

      Thanks so much! If you try them I hope you like them. 🙂

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice March 23, 2016, 6:02 am

    I’ve never heard of that podcast before, but I will have to check it out! These rolls look gorgeous, Amanda! I love how fluffy and light they are. Definitely perfect for Easter, or any other day!

    • Amanda March 23, 2016, 9:03 am

      Thanks! I’m not sure how long their podcast has been on, but I guess The Splendid Table has been around since the mid 1990s. I think you’d like it. It’s a wealth of cool food stories and information.

  • Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry March 23, 2016, 11:33 am

    Yes! I love the splendid table. I usually listen to it when I’m cooking to get inspired.

    While, the idea of rabbit doesn’t sound too tasty to me, these potato rolls do. They look so fluffy and soft.

    • Amanda March 25, 2016, 1:43 pm

      Thanks! I’m so glad to know someone else likes The Splendid Table!

  • Marsha | Marsha's Baking Addiction March 24, 2016, 4:59 am

    I love dinner rolls! I love that these have mashed potato in them!

    • Amanda March 25, 2016, 1:44 pm

      Thanks, Marsha. My love for carbs runs deep. 😉

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary March 24, 2016, 8:44 am

    I had no clue The Splendid Table HAD a podcast! Obviously I need to check that out immediately! Preferably while munching a few dozen of these rolls! Potato rolls are some of the best rolls EVER and yours look soft and delicious! I could just call these dinner and be a happy girl! 😉 Cheers, dear and hope you have a wonderful Easter!

    • Amanda March 25, 2016, 1:45 pm

      Thanks! Holy gosh you have to listen to it. She taste tested olive oils recently. I don’t know why, but the idea of people doing that made me happy. Pass some this way. Haha. Happy Easter!