It was a crisp cool fall day in Texas, something we don't see often, even in the fall, and I was craving some FRESH bread. I needed these Garlic Parmesan Rolls in my life. So this recipe came to be, fresh yeasted rolls that you can have on the table in one (1) hour!
1 hour!! I just want to make sure you heard me right! You could have these FRESH, HOT, READY, EVERY DAY IF YOU WANTED, ok I'm done yelling now!
If having fresh bread on the table in an hour or less doesn't get you excited, I don't know what else will? These rolls are great for EVERYDAY because of that fact, or they are even something you can use at the Holidays. Maybe someone forgot the rolls for Thanksgiving, no worries, just a couple pantry ingredients and you can have these on the table with the turkey!
I took my rolls on a garlic and parmesan spin because that was what I was craving that day and it paired well with what I was making for dinner. But if you leave out those extra flavorings you can have a basic roll fit for any dinner. Or you can even coat this roll in a little cinnamon sugar to give them a sweet twist.
All that said, this is a great basic roll that you can dress up or dress down any way you like it. Tailor it to the meal it is being paired with and you are on your way to something fantastic.
How to make Homemade Rolls
The process for these rolls is actually quite easy. It is a straight dough method which means that you throw all the ingredients into your stand mixer and let it do the work for you you. The ingredient list is also small, and if you know me that is all I need to be convinced to make it!
This recipe only requires you to have flour, water, yeast, and butter. If you have those and pantry staples like sugar and salt, you are ready to make these rolls.
As I said, you basically throw all of that stuff in a mixer and let it do the work. Let the dough rise for 20 minutes before shaping, shape and rise 20 more minutes and you are ready to bake.
I add a little roasted garlic powder into the dry ingredients to make my Garlic Parmesan Rolls even more garlicky. And then top them butter and garlic salt before baking and with freshly grated parm AS SOON as they come out of the oven. This makes for a perfectly irresistible roll!
If you happen to have any of these rolls leftover, they do reheat beautifully for a couple of days after baking. But they also make some amazing stuffing if you need them for that too. So maybe you add these to your Thanksgiving week family menu and make a double batch so you have fresh bread to make stuffing with.
As I write that I am thinking that is a great idea and maybe it will have my sister leaving the stovetop behind! Fingers crossed!
I can also share with you that I tested these in many shapes and it works any way you want to work it. You could make parker house rolls by putting three little rounds into a muffin tin, or make equal-sized rounds and place them in a 9 x13 pan for traditional "Hawaiian" style rolls. Don't let the shape of the pan you have stop you from making these, they are life-changing!
These rolls would pair perfectly with my Homemade Sausage Manicotti or my Chicken Parmesan. My friend Sarah also shares a great Slow Cooker Bolognese that they would go great with. Or Lori's Quick Italian Couscous if you want to stay on the fast train while your bread is proofing!