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Parker House Rolls

Parker House Rolls

Linda Larsen
Fresh, tender, hot yeast rolls are part of Thanksgiving for me. I make a double batch of my grandmother's spectacular Parker House rolls every year. The best thing about rolls is you can make them well ahead of time and freeze them, then thaw on Thanksgiving Day and reheat in the oven or microwave. Rolls 101 will help you make the best rolls this holiday season, whether you start from scratch or use refrigerated dough.

You can choose a Refrigerator Roll recipe and have them rising in the fridge until it's time to bake them. These recipes should fill every craving for yeast rolls. Take some time to read through Making Bread 101 if this is your first time baking rolls or bread. And sign up for my email class More How to Bake to learn the science behind yeast doughs, breads, and rolls.

Traditional Yeast Rolls

Easier Thanksgiving Bread

You can serve loaves of bread for Thanksgiving dinner too. These are easier because you don't have to spend time shaping rolls. And these recipes either start with a hot roll mix or are super-easy. Or make quick bread that's stirred together at the last minute. Or make scones or a quick bread instead of yeast breads.

Easiest Bread

Buy packaged brown-and-serve rolls and bake them when the turkey comes out of the oven. Brush with some melted butter when they're done, and they will be delicious.

Refrigerated crescent roll dough makes great rolls, especially if you dress them up a little with grated Parmesan cheese and some dried herbs before rolling. Breadstick doughs are very good, and are easy to season with everything from herbs to cheese. Lots of bakeries and grocery stores also have excellent dinner rolls. Lunds, a store in my area, has these Butterflake Rolls I just can't reproduce in my kitchen, so I buy those and freeze them whenever I'm near one of their stores.

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