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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Di's Buttery Potato Rolls

These potato rolls come together surprisingly quickly. You can use leftover mashed potatoes, baked potatoes or just zap a couple. These soft rolls are perfect for sandwiches or with a schmear of butter.

bowl of golden potato rolls

     There is just something about the smell of fresh bread in the oven.  It is intoxicating to say the least!  Bread is one of the things my little guy really likes to help make.  He enjoys scooping the flour, dumping the flour, running the mixer.  I really love kneading.  There's something a little bit cathartic about it as long as you have the time to sit back and enjoy it.

    So, when my friend Di sent over a recipe for these potato rolls, I just knew I had to make them.  The recipe is easier than you'd think and much quicker too!  It doesn't call for two long proofs.

    The total rise time in the whole recipe is only 15 minutes.  You read that right!  By the time your oven is preheated, the rolls are ready to bake!

potato roll loaded with porcupine meatballs in a sandwich

    The best part is they are delicious!  They are so soft, with a very subtle sweetness.  They have the perfect buttery texture as well.

   We used them as Di does, as a base for some Porcupine Meatball Sliders.  Then we used the leftovers to make the best breakfast sandwiches.

   They would make a great dinner roll and would perfect for lunch meat sandwiches as well!

     If you like making homemade rolls, you should check out MiMi's 3 day rolls. You can start the dough up to 3 days in advance and they are a holiday favorite.

    We also love homemade Hawaiian rolls.  They are kissed with pineapple and have that hint of sweetness you'd expect.

     What are your favorite kinds of homemade breads and rolls?

potato bread, quick yeast rolls
Yield: 16 Rolls


Di's Buttery Potato Rolls

These potato rolls come together surprisingly quickly. You can use leftover mashed potatoes, baked potatoes or just zap a couple. These soft rolls are perfect for sandwiches or with a schmear of butter.
Prep time: 25 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 40 M


  • 2 medium potatoes (leftover baked potatoes would work fine)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons dry active yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
For Finishing
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • a few pinches of salt


  1. Bake your potatoes by your favorite method, I just pierced mine with a fork and cooked them until tender in the microwave. Once they are cool enough to handle, scoop out the insides and mash slightly.
  2. Warm the milk to lukewarm, about 90 F. It doesn't have to me exact. It should be warm to the touch, but not so warm that you couldn't leave a finger in it for a minute or two. Stir in the sugar and sprinkle the yeast over the top to activate it.
  3. Place potatoes, 2 Tablespoons of butter, salt and eggs in your mixer bowl and mix to combine.
  4. Add the milk and yeast mixture, again mixing to combine.
  5. Add the flour a cup at a time and mix until the dough begins to pull away from the sides of the bowl. The dough should be slightly tacky. You can adjust with a bit more flour or a small splash of milk until you get the desired consistency.
  6. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until elastic. Divide the dough into 16 portions and roll each into a ball. Place prepared balls onto a greased baking sheet, leaving plenty of room between them.
  7. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 15 minutes while you preheat the oven to 400 F.
  8. Remove towel and brush rolls generously with melted butter. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and bake for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
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These potato rolls come together surprisingly quickly. You can use leftover mashed potatoes, baked potatoes or just zap a couple. These soft rolls are perfect for sandwiches or with a schmear of butter.


  1. Soft buttery rolls just make me happy!!!! You know from my past posts that my mom would want to throw these to her guests, lol! Do get over to The Blended Blog and link up these mounds of deliciousness!!!!

    1. Me too! I'd happily let your mom throw them at me!! Thanks, Andrea!

  2. These rolls look perfect for so many sandwiches - Sloppy Joe's, pulled pork, beef or chicken to name a few.

  3. Hi Carlee, there aren't enough baking hours in the day! My fav type of baking is with yeast. I learned to make bread and buns before I did cakes. I have never made potato bread before. Would bread flour be too strong for this recipe?


    1. There really aren't enough hours to get it all in there, are there? I have never tried it with bread flour, but it would be interesting. It is meant to be a really soft bread though, so it might be more protein than is necessary. Now I'd like to give it a try and see how it goes! You'll have to let me know what you think if you do it too.

  4. You know what, I have a tub of left over mashed potato in the fridge and just this morning I was thinking that I must do something with it today. I'm not sure if it will work as it does have some butter and a tiny splash of milk in there already but I'm thinking if I just adjust a tiny bit it should be ok.
    I'll pop back later and let you know how it went!

    1. I can't see why that wouldn't work. I can't wait to hear how it goes!

    2. Hi Carlee, It worked great. They came out perfectly and everyone loved them. Thanks, we'll definitely be making these again. So quick and delicious.

    3. Hooray! I am so glad to hear you liked them!!

  5. These rolls sound so fun - 15 minute rise?!! Love it! A perfect thing to make on a cold, snowy winter day!! Oh, and mashed potatoes with butter and milk should be just fine - it will just make the rolls a little richer.


    1. I didn't believe it either when I saw the rise time, but it really worked! You'll have to give them a try, Mollie!

  6. I agree with you about the smell of fresh baked bread, amazing. I love the short rise time on these, they sound pretty easy to make! Definitely tucking this one away to try 😃

    1. Isn't it amazing? They come together so quickly!

  7. These sound tasty! I adore fresh potatoes rolls. Pinned maybe for this weekend. Thanks.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  8. It's just about time for my husband to be asking for homemade bread again. I think these will make him a happy man :)

    1. These are so fast and good! I hope you love them!

  9. Yum! These rolls look delicious. Who doesn't love soft warm rolls? Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday.

    1. Thank you! They are so quick and delicious!

  10. Leftover mashed potatoes is an almost daily thing in my kitchen - I'll definitely try this recipe because my menfolk are bread lovers too!
    I came to visit you from Happiness is Homemade bloghop – hope you’ll make time to someday stop by my place & let me know you were there.
    Thank you from Mrs Shoes

    1. Oooh, then this is perfect for you!! I hope you love it!

  11. We love Potato Rolls! I really appreciate you sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, hope you have a great day and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. We do too and these were so much easier to make than I would have expected!


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