These potato rolls don’t require any kneading and are hands down the best rolls we’ve ever had. Our number one most requested recipe
These are seriously the best potato rolls ever. They are so soft and seriously melt in your mouth. They are ridiculously buttery. I’d say that this is hands down my most requested recipe IRL (in real life). Isn’t it so funny how I even have to mention IRL? We live in such a totally different world than what I grew up in.
Cordless Home Phones
I remember our first cordless telephone. Yup, cordless. Pretty big time yeah? It was grey and had this rubbery, horn shaped back to make it more comfortable to place on your shoulder. HA! So ridiculous.
Dial Up Internet
And the internet. Oh, the internet. It was dial up, of course. I can just hear it now, “duuuuun, deet do do do deet dee, rrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaccccccrrrrrchhhhhhhhchchchcdongdongdeeeee”
Lol, yup, just said that all out loud as I wrote it out. So hilarious to think how long we would have to wait for everything to load and then each page we visited would take a couple minutes to load. I actually remember leaning back at my dad’s desk, reading a book waiting for AIM to load.
The Best Potato Rolls
Don’t even try to tell me that you never used AIM. Carri416. Yes, that was my screen name, and I bet you remember yours too. Oh my goodness that seems so long ago!!! We thought we were so cool chatting on it. And now here we all are, years later, the internet on our phones and it moves 10x faster than our computers did. This is real life folks, real life.
Every Holiday Needs a Killer Roll Recipe
And I just know that now that we are all grownups one of your wishes is to know how to make perfectly delicious rolls right? Especially Easter. Easter always needs perfectly fluffy rolls.
Well, forget the basic roll recipe, this potato roll recipe is way easier (no kneading) and in our opinion, much tastier.
Can You Make Potato Rolls Ahead of Time?
Yes! You can make potato rolls ahead of time!
- Method 1 is making the dough, covering it in a bowl with plastic wrap and allowing it to sit in the fridge over night. The next day, set the bowl until no longer chilly and proceed as normal.
- Method 2 is to allow the dough to rise, roll out the dough on a cookie sheet and then cover in plastic wrap and rest in the fridge overnight. Place on the counter to take the chill off for an hour or two and then bake.
How Long Do the BEST Potato Rolls Last?
These BEST Potato Rolls will say soft for days thanks to the potato starch molecules’ ability to keep wheat starches from getting stale.
Cool BEST Potato Rolls thoroughly before storing and place in plastic storage bag, or wrap in foil and store at room temperature.
Properly stored, rolls will last for about 5 to 7 days at normal room temperature. But, lets be honest here-the BEST Potato Rolls are so darn good, you won’t have any left-overs to store!
Can you Freeze BEST Potato Rolls?
Bake BEST Potato Rolls as usual — as if you were going to serve them right away.
Let them cool completely, then wrap them tightly in aluminum foil.
Place the foil-wrapped package in a freezer bag or storage container and freeze for up to a month
Freeze the rolled out dough on a cookie sheet then store in freezer bags in the freezer for up to 1 month.
How to Make Potato Rolls
First you’ll make up your dough. Yes, it takes a while to let the dough rise, but it’s worth it. And really, it’s just sitting on the counter, so you can totally accomplish other things.
Next, you’ll roll your dough out, use very soft butter to butter half of the dough, fold the unbuttered side over the buttered half of dough and press lightly to seal shut.
Then, slice into strips, about the size of the tip of your thumb to the knuckle. The really long pieces I generally cut in half, but I also love huge rolls (not on my body), so it’s up to you.
Last, and this really is quite easy when you think about it, you’ll create a knot by crossing the ends, as pictured above, and pull one end through the hole. Just like when you are tying your shoe.
You can then lay the roll down on a greased baking sheet, or I like to tuck the little end underneath, as pictured below.
How to Shape Like Crescent Rolls
If you don’t want knots you can roll out four circles, butter two and place the other two on top, creating two buttered circles. Cut in pizza slices and roll, starting at the fat end into crescent rolls.
Oh, and make sure you eat one straight out of the oven. Oh my goodness, it’s like heaven. The best potato rolls literally melt in your mouth.
Why are BEST Potato Rolls lighter than other rolls?
When you boil potatoes, it enlarges the starch molecules. This makes it difficult for the proteins in the flour to form gluten (the enemy of light, airy bread and pastry).
Potatoes contain potassium which causes yeast to rise faster than it would with breads that contain only wheat.
Potato starches absorb more water than wheat starches, leading to a moist texture.
How to Clean Up Dough
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We use these dehydrated potatoes as they seem to give the best flavor and texture.
Any ol’ scraper will do but we prefer a plastic scraper to scrape the dough and flour off our counter and out of bowls for 10x faster clean up.
We bake everything on a silpat; cookies, rolls and even loaf breads cook evenly and without sticking! No spray needed!
The cookie sheet you use absolutely can make or break your recipe. If it’s too dark it will cause your food to look dark and over-bake. You want a cookie sheet that bakes evenly and wont affect color.
I love glass mixing bowls, but the truth is, everyone should have good stainless bowls in all sizes and these are great ones.
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The BEST Potato Rolls
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 1 1/2 Sticks Land O'Lakes Unsalted Butter 3/4 Cup
- 3 Cups Scalded Milk* instructions below
- 1 Cup Potato Flakes
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- 4 Eggs
- 1 Tablespoon Instant Yeast or 2 Tablespoons Regular Yeast. We use instant.
- 7 Cups Flour
- *1/3 cup additional butter softened
- Heat a medium sauce pan over medium heat and add the milk.
- Cook until the edges begin to foam and froth, but do not allow it to boil. There will be a little layer of the milk "skin" on top.
- Remove from heat and add the sugar, butter, potato flakes and salt.
- Stir thoroughly and allow to cool to luke warm.
- Add the yeast, stir and then add the eggs, stirring until they are mixed in.
- Place the flour in a large bowl.
- Pour the milk mixture in and stir until the dough has come together, but is still soft. Sometimes we only use like 6- 6 1/2 cups of flour. This is not like a bread dough. It is a slightly sticky dough.
- Cover the bowl with a towel or saran wrap.
- Let dough rise for one hour.
- Push down and divide dough into 2 parts. Roll out one portion at a time to 1/2" thick and butter 1/2 of dough with a few pats of butter. Fold the unbuttered dough over the buttered dough and press to seal. Cut into 1" wide strips. Pick up one strip at a time and tie into knots. Or divide into 4 and roll each piece in a circle, butter 2/4 circles and place the unbuttered on top of each one, creating two different buttered, sealed circles. Press down gently and cut into wedges. Starting at the fat end, tightly roll into crescent rolls. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet and cover with a towel. Let rise for 1-2 hours more or until doubled in size. Bake at 350 until golden brown, (14-20 min)