These pillowy-soft buttery dinner rolls with salted rosemary sprinkled over the top are the perfect touch for your holiday dinner. The baked-in fold makes them so easy to pull apart for a tiny sandwich.
Dinner rolls need to serve a purpose and earn their keep at our family dinner table. We don't simply enjoy them as a side dish, my husband loves to use them to make tiny sandwiches out of whatever entree I'm serving for the special meal.
Whether it's a slice of Easter ham, a Christmas roast beef, or savory bit of Thanksgiving Turkey, I've watched as he makes his little holiday slider sandwiches at the table using whatever dinner roll I'm serving.
To make his task even easier, I discovered this fantastic folded dinner roll method which bakes up crispy-topped buns with soft insides that pull apart easily to form little sandwich buns. The kids and I are just as happy to crack open a dinner a roll and slather it with a little more butter or dip them in gravy.
The fresh rosemary gets tossed in a bit of melted butter before being sprinkled over the top of the rolls before baking. They get crispy and roasted in the oven and add an amazing pinch of flavor to an otherwise simple roll.
You could skip the rosemary if you prefer but we've found it complements almost any traditional holiday meal.
What you need to bake salted rosemary dinner rolls:
The ingredients for these butter rolls are fairly simple. You probably have most things you need in your pantry. The unique items you may have to pick up include:
- A packet of instant yeast: You can use individual packets for ease but if you think you'll enjoy doing a lot of baking in the next 3 - 6 months, invest in a full jar of instant yeast and simply measure 2 ¼ tsp of yeast for this recipe. Store the remaining jar in your fridge or freezer for the longest keep.
- Fresh rosemary: dried rosemary is not a good substitute here, you'll really want the fresh herbs so they can properly roast in the oven
- Kosher salt: I use this for all my baking but it is especially important in this recipe because it has the perfect texture for sprinkling over the top of the rolls
Do I need special equipment for baking this recipe?
While I absolutely adore our bread machine, this recipe is best made using a simple stand mixer. The dough comes together completely in the mixer with the paddle and dough hook attachments and then is baked in a 9 x 13 pan in your oven.
Other kitchen tools you may find handy:
- Pizza wheel for cutting portions of dough
- A pastry brush for spreading melted butter over the rolls
- A baking mat and rolling pin for rolling out the dough
Easy substitutions for ingredients you might be missing:
Baking usually requires specific ingredients for the recipe to turn out properly. But, in real life we're not always stocked with just what we need.
If you're missing something, here's how to fix it:
- Whole Milk: It's ok to use 2% milk but don't try fat-free or skim milk. You need the bit of creaminess for the dough to have the buttery soft texture.
- All-purpose flour: You can substitute bread flour if you have it.
Want to play with the flavor a little? Try these fun swaps:
- Swap the herbs: We love the rosemary, but you could try fresh thyme or chopped sage.
- Make it savory: Add minced garlic and roasted red pepper flakes to the melted butter
- Make it sweet: Drop the herbs completely and add a cinnamon and sugar sprinkle over the top
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- 3 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 packet (2 ¼ tsp) instant yeast
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 ¼ tsp salt
- 8 tbsp butter, divided
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 egg
- Olive oil for the rising bowl
- 2 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
- Kosher salt for sprinkling on top of the rolls
- MAKE THE DOUGH:
- Mix the flour, yeast, brown sugar, and salt together in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
- Place 3 tablespoons of butter in a microwave-safe dish and microwave on HIGH for 30 seconds or until melted. With the mixer on LOW, slowly drizzle the butter into the flour mixture.
- Whisk together the whole milk and the egg in a microwave-safe dish and heat on HIGH for 1 minute or until steaming hot. With the mixer on LOW, slowly pour the milk mixture into the flour and stir to combine.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and scrape down the paddle attachment. Add the dough hook attachment to the mixer and knead for 6 - 8 minutes or until the dough is smooth and soft.
- While the dough is being kneaded, drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil into a large mixing bowl and brush it all over the inside of the bowl. With floured hands, form the dough into a ball and place it inside the oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm spot for 1 ½ hours.
- FORM THE ROLLS:
- Brush 1 tbsp of melted butter all over the inside of a 9 x 13 metal baking pan. Set aside. Melt an additional 4 tbsp of butter and place near your working area for assembling the rolls.
- On a floured surface, divide the dough ball into 4 equal pieces. A pizza cutter works great for this.
- Working one portion of dough at a time: Roll the dough out to a 4 x 12-inch rectangle. Brush the top of the dough with butter and fold over in half long-edge to long-edge, forming a 2 x 12-inch rectangle.
- Use your pizza cutter or knife to cut the long strip of dough into 4 equal pieces. Place them in the prepared baking pan.
- Repeat with the remaining 3 portions of the original dough ball.
- Toss the rosemary leaves in the remaining melted butter and sprinkle them over the top of the rolls. Drizzle any remaining butter from the dish over the rolls. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm spot for 45 minutes.
- BAKE THE ROLLS:
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. (If your rolls haven't puffed up at all during the second rise, let them sit right on the stovetop while the oven preheats.)
- Sprinkle a pinch or two of Kosher salt over the top of the rolls. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown. Serve warm.
- REHEAT THE ROLLS LATER IN THE DAY:
- If you baked the rolls earlier in the day and want to reheat them, simply toast them in the oven at 325 degrees for 5 minutes.