When time is short, frozen bread dough is a quick and easy shortcut ingredient for making lovely Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls!
When special holiday dinners roll around, sometimes you have the time (and energy) to make pillowy homemade dinner rolls, lovingly mixing and rising the dough…and shaping the rolls…and rising again…and baking…and brushing with butter…and serving warm…and impressing everyone! And sometimes…you don’t.
But that’s totally okay! And time/energy constraints don’t mean that you have to forgo freshly baked dinner rolls. Because fortunately for all of us, it’s easy to fake homemade dinner rolls with significantly less effort! Shhhhhhh!!! You don’t have to tell anyone. They’re never going to guess that these babies weren’t made from scratch.
See, you’re going to start with balls of frozen dinner roll dough (like Rhode’s), but you’re going to fancy ’em up. And after you’re done, the resulting Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls are going to look like they came from your grandma’s kitchen.
And now for the lowdown! Each cloverleaf roll requires 1 1/2 frozen dinner rolls. Thaw the frozen rolls and cut them in half. Then take each half, roll it into a little ball, and lightly dust it with flour (which helps maintain a bit of separation between the sections of the cloverleaf so that it’s, you know, like a clover). Place three flour-coated dough balls into the greased cup of a muffin pan, and once there’s a trio in each muffin cup, cover with cooking spray-coated plastic wrap and allow to rise for about 30 minutes. Then carefully brush the risen rolls with garlic butter, and sprinkle with fresh minced rosemary and kosher salt. Bake until golden and TA-DAAAAAA! Soft, flavorful Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls! Betcha can’t eat just four…
I adore the rosemary-garlic combo, but you could certainly use your favorite fresh herbs or whatever you have on hand. You can also opt to add an additional coating of melted butter when the rolls come out of the oven…just be careful to drizzle and blot more than you brush so that all of the rosemary and salt don’t fall off.
So lighten your holiday menu workload with this shortcut “homemade” dinner roll recipe. They’re so simple (and fun) that you can even put the kids to work making them! Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls are light, fluffy, and delectable…and they’re guaranteed to impress. 🙂
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