Homemade Potato Rolls are an easy choice for a favorite dinner roll recipe. They’re simple to make, and the taste and texture are fantastic!
I love to make (and eat!) homemade dinner rolls, but I like to keep things simple with recipes that are quick and easy to make. These Potato Rolls certainly check those boxes, with easy mixing and a short rise time.
As the name implies, these rolls are made with potatoes. More specifically, they’re made with mashed potatoes. That’s a fairly common side dish for us, so it’s an easy choice for me to use cooked potatoes versus instant potato flakes. When I’m making mashed potatoes, I just take out enough for these rolls before I add anything else to the potatoes. Then, I’ve got a great excuse to make a batch of Potato Rolls!
If you prefer, you can use instant potato flakes instead of mashed potatoes. You’ll just need to adjust the amount of water and allow the potatoes to soak for a bit. I’ve included directions for doing this in the recipe below.
You may be wondering why we’re putting potatoes in rolls in the first place. Well, they’re kind of magical. They’re what makes these rolls so, so soft. Plus, they help them stay fresh longer than standard yeast rolls, so you can easily make these in advance of your special meal.
Besides their flavor and softness, I mustn’t neglect talking about the easy prep involved. Everything mixes easily, and you’ll only need a few minutes of kneading to make the dough come together. And thanks to instant yeast, the rise time is short, too. Be sure to keep this recipe in mind when you want homemade dinner rolls in short order and without a lot of fuss.
I usually opt not to add anything extra to these rolls. Instead, I let their simplicity shine. They’re so, so soft and have a lovely flavor all on their own. That being said, I often get the urge to sprinkle a little coarse salt on top of them before they bake. A little cracked pepper would be great, too. If you’re looking for even more flavor, try a sprinkling of chopped fresh herbs on top.
I think these rolls are best served warm with a little bit of butter, although they are excellent even without anything added. They’re such a great dinner roll to serve alongside so many meals. And with how easy they are to make, you’re likely to find them on your table again and again.