Dinner rolls are so easy to make when you use this quick yeast recipe. Start to finish in 30 minutes, you’ll have dinner rolls on the table in no time!
Dinner rolls! Quick! I’m not generally much of a bread eater, so when I do indulge I want it to count. Easy rolls should be fresh, warm, and absolutely slathered in good butter. But who has time for homemade dinner rolls, amiright?
Well, that’s what I thought too – but it turns out, you can have yeast dinner rolls on the table in 30 minutes. This recipe cooks while you’re preparing something special to go with, like garlic butter mussels. Oh, and don’t forget the whipped butter!!
Dinner Rolls Ingredients
- Water – you will need this to be warm, so the yeast can grow. It should be warm to the touch, but not hot.
- Yeast – get the rapid rise type for this recipe, as we’re all about gettin’ these on the table fast.
- Oil – Use a light olive oil here, as the EVOO may add too much flavor.
- Sugar – for yeast food!
- Garlic Salt – Of course, I added a touch of garlic because pretty much everything is better with garlic. But you can skip that if you want a sweeter roll. (Try the garlic though, it’s tasty).
- Flour – All purpose flour here!
How Do You Make Dinner Rolls
★ First, bloom the yeast in the warm water, before adding the oil, sugar, and garlic salt.
★ Next, stir in the flour in 1/2 cup increments, then knead 3-5 minutes and rest dough.
★ Then, form into balls and place on baking sheet or in cast iron pan.
★ Finally, cook at 400F for ~10 minutes or until done.
Can You Make Bread Rolls Ahead Of Time
You can make dinner rolls ahead of time and place in the refrigerator, either before or after shaping. The dough will rise in the refrigerator if you chill before shaping, so you don’t have to let it rise first.
How Do You Shape Dinner Rolls Into Different Shapes
You can shape them into different shapes. It’s best to weigh the dough pieces so that you have even rolls at the end, but you can always just eyeball them if you want!
A couple of classic shapes include the twist (roll into a snake and then just give a couple twists, just like clay when you were little!), or make a long rope and swirl them (like a cinnamon bun), pinching the end onto the swirl so it doesn’t unwind.
How Can I Keep My Dinner Rolls Warm
You can keep them warm with this cool trick. Place some uncooked rice in a clean sack (kitchen towel, clean sock, etc.) and microwave for 2-3 minutes.
Then place the sack under a cloth napkin in the bread basket, and place the rolls on top. Voila! Warm rolls for at least 20 minutes or so.
Storage and Keeping
How Long Will Dinner Rolls Stay Fresh?
Dinner rolls should stay fresh, properly stored at room temperature, for 2-3 days.
How Should I Store Them?
Store your rolls in a closed plastic bag after allowing them to cool completely. They should last up to 5 days at room temperature, although they are best the first couple of days.
How Long Will They Last In The Refrigerator?
We prefer our dinner rolls at room temp, but if you’re like my mom and prefer your bread cold, then stash them in the fridge for up to a week.
Can You Freeze Dinner Rolls?
Freeze your dinner rolls by allowing them to cool completely and then storing in a freezer safe bag or container. Try to remove as much excess air from the bag as possible to reduce the possibility of freezer burn.
How Long Will Baked Rolls Keep In The Freezer
You can keep them in the freezer for up to 3 months if stored properly. They will still be edible after that time and can last indefinitely at 0F, but texture and flavor-wise it’s best to enjoy them in the first few months.
Can Dinner Roll Dough Be Frozen
To freeze the uncooked dough, roll it into balls and arrange on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in your freezer for 2 – 3 hours, until dough is frozen. Transfer dough balls into a freezer safe container or bag.
When you are ready to bake the rolls, place them in a greased dish or baking sheet, cover with a dish towel, and allow to thaw completely fro 2 – 3 hours. Bake as normal.
What Can I Do With Dinner Rolls
Your dinner rolls on day 1 are best just enjoyed warm with butter. You could also use them as slider bread! What a great way to use up some leftover meatballs – little meatball sub sliders.
Your leftover dinner rolls can be made into individual breakfast bread bowls; scoop a little bread out of the middle to make a bread bowl, then add some scrambled eggs, bacon, etc. Top them with cheese and slide under the broiler for a minute. Ta da!
Are Dinner Rolls Healthy
Dinner Rolls can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet, but are high in carbohydrates and fairly low in nutrients. Think of them as a treat to add to your healthy plate of vegetables and protein. And eat the butter, for pete’s sake.
Why Are My Dinner Rolls Dense
If your rolls are dense you may have too much flour or are kneading for too long. There are variations of flour, humidity, temperature, etc. that can affect baking. Keep experimenting and you’ll find what works best for your location.
What To Serve With Dinner Rolls
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Dinner Rolls Making Tools
- Bakers half sheet – It’s cool, we only have about six of these bakers half sheets because they’re good for absolutely everything. Cookies? Yes! Steak? Yes! Cake? Oh yeh! Roasted veggies? Uhhhh huh!
- 15″ Cast iron pan – This. Pan. Is. Huge. Literally massive. I have two and they’re sooooooo amazing. I love using these on my grill to make a beautifully seared steak or some yummy Old Bay shrimp. And in my oven or on the stovetop when the weather’s no good for grilling!
- Classic Kitchenaid stand mixer – Save the best for last? Or at least the most grand. I don’t know why, but a kitchen just doesn’t feel like a kitchen without one of these bad boys tucked away on the counter. My favorite things to make in ours are ginger cookies, no churn ice cream, and shredded chicken. Yup, seriously. The Kitchenaid shreds chicken like no ones business!
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How to make dinner rolls
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 packet rapid rise yeast
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon garlic salt switch for 1 teaspoon salt if you don't want garlic
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- Add yeast to warm water and allow to proof for 2 minutes. Add olive oil, sugar, and salt. Mix well.
- Stir in flour 1/2 cup at a time. Knead with dough hook or by hand 3 - 5 minutes. Allow dough to rest 10 minutes.
- Form into balls (15 - 20) and place on a baking sheet or pan (I used a cast iron pot). If placing against one another, coat lightly with olive oil.
- Bake at 400 degrees for approximately 10 minutes (if placing against one another they may take a few more minutes).
- Slather with butter and ENJOY!
Serve these with your holiday meal alongside some delicious scalloped potatoes and ham!