Garlic Herb Rolls

It was a very busy weekend at my house. Roomie #2 had his birthday on Friday so of course I cooked for his dinner party. For his party, he wanted to have grilled pork chops and all sorts of sides. That was lucky for me because that meant pretty much everything could be cooked beforehand and the pork thrown on the grill at the last second. Dinner parties are best when you actually have time to talk to the guests instead of being too busy cooking to enjoy the rest of the evening! I choose to make only things that could either be cooked before or only need a few minutes in a pan right before dinner:

  • Balsamic & Mustard Pork Chops – marinate all day and grill at the last minute
  • Sauteed apples and cabbage – chop before and then cook last minute
  • Roasted potatoes – chop and then throw in the oven when the first guest arrives
  • Salad from the garden – pick and toss that the last minute (allow the guests to play farmer and go pick the greens and veggies themselves, it is fun for them and saves you time!)
  • Garlic Herbs Rolls – make the dough before and throw them in the oven when the potatoes are done
  • Lemon Iced Tea – this is very easy to brew and people are always impressed when you make the drinks from scratch
  • Strawberry White Cake with Meringue Frosting – looks like a million bucks but is very simple to make

Everyone had a wonderful time. We sat in the patio drinking wine and talking until much later than anyone planned, happy and stuffed. This was a perfect night and reminded me why I love cooking so much. Good food brings people together and makes memories of our friendships that we keep long after we forgot what was served for the meal. So, in that spirit, go cook and share dinner with someone tonight. It doesn’t have to be fancy because it is the act of sharing and coming together that will matter in the long run anyway. Have fun and get cooking!

Garlic Herb Rolls or Bread

  • Servings: 24 rolls or 2 loaves
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Garlic Herbs Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz Bread Starter (the recipe is included in this post about Rosemary Potato Bread)
  • 4 cups flour, plus more for baking
  • 1 ½ cups room temperature water
  • ¼ tsp active yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar or honey
  • 5 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 1 tbsp butter, plus more for baking
  • ⅓ cup roughly chopped herbs such as rosemary, fennel fronds, and chives

Preparation:

  1. Melt the butter in a pan over medium-low heat; add garlic and saute until it just begins to color, approx 3 minutes; remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature
  2. Mix flour and water in a stand mixer until a shaggy dough forms, approx 1 minute; cover and allow to stand for 10 minutes
  3. Mix in bread starter, yeast, honey, salt, garlic and herbs; knead with bread hook for 5-6 minutes or until the dough is the texture of your earlobe and slightly sticky; place in an oiled bowl; cover
  4. Allow bread dough to double in size, approx 2 hours; punch down the dough and shape for baking – either into rolls or loaves; cover and allow to double in size again, approximately another 1 to 2 hours
  5. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 450* (keep the oven at temperature for at least 30 minutes before you bake the bread); brush tops of the rolls with melted butter (optional); bake for 18-22 minutes for rolls or 45-50 minutes for bread – rolls will be baked when the tops are golden brown and bread will be baked when the crust makes a hollow sound when you knock on the bottom of the loaf

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