Thanksgiving dinner rolls

Cindy’s Rich Squash Rolls

Cindy’s Squash Rolls

I love these dinner rolls.  I think you will, too. The addition of squash is what makes them so special. The squash adds beautiful color to the rolls. It also creates a soft texture and an earthy sweetness.

These rolls are wonderful for any fall or winter dinner or holiday. They are especially nice for Thanksgiving.

We have them every Thanksgiving. My sister Cindy always makes them, and has been making them for years. They are rich, soft and sweet and make a perfect addition to the dinner table. Even with all the other foods at Thanksgiving dinner- you always save room for these dinner rolls.

While I use cooked butternut squash in mine, pumpkin could be used, as well as other winter squashes.

The recipe makes a pretty big batch. You can bake them, then freeze some for later use.

I love slicing them in half, and making mini turkey sandwiches with them the day after Thanksgiving.

Cindy’s Squash Rolls

1 c. milk

4 T. butter

½ c. sugar

¼ c. brown sugar

1 t. salt

1 pkt. Yeast

4-5 c. flour

1 ½ c. cooked butternut squash, strained, or 1 (16oz.) can squash or pumpkin

2 eggs, room temperature

Scald milk and butter. Place sugar and salt in large bowl and pour in milk mixture. Cool to lukewarm. Add yeast and 2 cups of flour. Beat at medium speed with mixer for 2 minutes. Add squash and eggs and mix until smooth. Add flour gradually to form a stiff dough. Knead on floured board for 7-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning dough to coat evenly. Cover with a towel and allow to rise until doubled. Punch dough down and shape into rolls. Dough can be placed in a greased cake pan where they will touch each other as they rise making softer rolls. You can also place them in muffin tins, or shape into rolls and place on greased baking sheet for crispier rolls. Cover and let rise until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes. Butter tops while warm. Makes 2 ½ -3 dozen.

Variation: you can also add ½ t. ground nutmeg, 1-2 T. chopped chives, or 1T. parsley flakes for a little different flavor.

Rich Dinner Rolls

Rich Dinner Rolls

Someone asked me recently for a recipe for an old-fashioned dinner roll. The sort of roll her mom would have served for Sunday dinners. I knew exactly which recipe I wanted to share with her.

These rolls are soft, a little sweet and very tender. Great served with any family meal. Perfect for Thanksgiving, too.

I hadn’t made these dinner rolls in a long time, so I made a batch last night. I always think that is a good idea. I wanted to be sure I had all my baking times right, before I shared the recipe. I am glad I did. I actually did make a small adjustment to the recipe.

So here is the recipe. A classic, simple dinner roll, just waiting for a pat of butter.

Rich Dinner Rolls

¾ c. milk

½ c. each butter and sugar

1 t. salt

2 packages active dry yeast

½ c. warm water

4-5 c. flour

2 eggs

Heat together milk and butter until warm. Stir in sugar and salt. Dissolve yeast in warm water and add to milk mixture with 2 cups of flour. Beat 3 minutes. Beat in eggs. Stir in flour until soft dough forms. Knead on floured surface until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in oiled bowl and cover. Let rise until doubled. This will take an hour, or a bit longer. Punch dough down and divide in 24-30 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, making as smooth as possible. Place rolls into a greased baking pan ( 9×13 inch, or a bit larger) and cover until doubled, about 1 hour. Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown. Note: I used a glass pan, so I baked my rolls at 350. Brush with melted butter, if you like. Serve warm. Makes 24-30.   

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