Over the holiday break, my family tried to squeeze as many things as possible into a few days. We played games, watched White Christmas, completed a puzzle, went for a few walks and made my grandma's rolls for Christmas dinner among other things. I think the rolls may have been a ploy from my mom to get us all in the kitchen to help her, but it worked, and we had a great time learning a family recipe as well as eating them. So I thought I would share with you the recipe so that you could possibly try making them, although I must give fair warning that it isn't the quickest recipe to make. I have to admit though they do melt in your mouth when they come out of the oven! We broke it up over two days, which made the process seem a bit faster and it was fun to contribute to Christmas dinner.
Grandma's Potato Rolls
1 cup mashed potatoes
1 cup shortening
1 cup warm water (test on the inside of your wrist)
1 packet of yeast
1 cup milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons of salt
8 cups of flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water. To this, add mashed potatoes, shortening, eggs, sugar, salt & scalded milk. Stir in 1 cup of flour. This will be super clumpy and not so appealing, but don't worry it will be. Let sit for 2-3 hours. Add rest of flour to make smooth, elastic dough. Cut or roll into rolls - there are two different ways to make rolls which are explained below. Let rise until doubled. Bake at 400-425 for 12-15 minutes.
Forming the Shape
We tried both ways of creating the rolls. The first way was to simply roll the dough into little balls and put 3 together in a muffin pan and brush melted butter on them. This is a pretty quick way, but if you don't have a lot of muffin pans it may take awhile to circulate through all the dough. The second way is to roll the dough out and to cut the dough into circles with a glass. Then brush melted butter on each circle and fold over. This allows for a large amount of rolls to be put on one cookie sheet. And let me tell you, there are a LOT of rolls to make. I think we actually made 90! However, if you don't really need 90 you can either keep the dough in the fridge for a few days, or bake the rolls half way and then put those in the freezer.
I must say we thought about freezing some, but honestly we ended up just making all of them which meant we ate all 90 of them! I mean how can you resist fresh rolls with butter and homemade jam. We had them for dinner and then heated them up in the microwave and had a few for breakfast too. I must admit, the rolls took quite a bit of work, but it was fun to work on it with the family together and to reap the benefits afterwards! Hope everyone was able to spend quality time with their family whether in the kitchen learning a new recipe or some other family favorite!