When I was very young we had a neighbor who would sometimes come to visit and bring a big basket of dinner rolls with Parmesan cheese on top. While we made a lot of rolls at home her rolls were always a fun treat. Over the years I’ve occasionally thought of that neighbor and her savory rolls and I’ve poked at a recipe or two, but never really found something which encapsulated those lovely rolls. Well…at least not until today!
I found a savory roll recipe from Handle the Heat and messed around with it a bit, including adding Ultra Gel for a better moisture balance. I love that this is a single bowl recipe which does not require proofing the yeast separately, but means you do want to be careful not to overheat the liquids.
This recipe is a killer savory dinner roll with spices and minced garlic baked right in and Parmesan cheese (not the stuff from the green can!) spread on top. They’re great with butter, or for sandwiches and we’re looking forward to bringing them to the Thanksgiving table. A slice of turkey and a little cranberry sauce on these rolls is going to be divine!
Savory Garlic Dinner Rolls
1/4 cup warm water (not scalding)
1 cup warm 2% milk (100-110 degrees)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 large eggs
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel
1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary (1 Tablespoon fresh)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme (1 Tablespoon fresh)
1 Tablespoon yeast
3 cups bread flour
2-3 cups white wheat flour (If you don’t have white wheat flour, you can use additional bread flour)
1/4-1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Combine water, milk, oil, eggs, sugar, Ultra Gel, salt, spices and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add bread flour and beat until smooth. Switch to the dough hook. Add additional flour 1/2 cup at a time until you have a smooth, soft dough, which is lightly tacky to the touch. Knead an additional 5-10 minutes.
Remove dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover. Place in a warm location and allow to rise until double 45-60 minutes.
Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and set aside.
Split dough into 12 pieces and shape into rolls. Brush with oil and sprinkle on cheese. Allow to rise until double.
While bread is rising preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake rolls for 15-20 minutes until golden brown (internal temperature should be about 200 degrees). Serve.