Thanksgiving Leftovers: Mashed Potato Rolls

Posted by / Monday, November 26th, 2012

Photo by Deb Yoon

Food Desk NoteWelcome to our Thanksgiving reader recipe series. Our team of NoVA food enthusiasts submitted their favorite holiday recipes that we’ll feature throughout the month. Enjoy these dishes perfect for gatherings.

Mashed Potato Rolls
Submitted by Deb Yoon

Like me, you probably have way too many recipes for that leftover turkey.  This recipe uses those leftover mashed potatoes to make delicious rolls (and you can even use them for those turkey sandwiches.)  The beauty of this recipe is that you keep the dough in the refrigerator and you can use it over two to three days to make a batch of fresh rolls each day. Go ahead and make the mashed potatoes any way you want. I use sour cream and chives in mine; garlic flavored or cheesy mashed potatoes also work well.  Enjoy!   


2 packages yeast
1/2 cup water
1 cup mashed potatoes
1 cup milk
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
6-8 cups flour

1.  Dissolve 2 packages yeast in 1/2 cup warm water (105-115 degrees). Set aside.
2.  In large bowl, place 1 cup mashed potatoes.
3.  Make a mixture of: 1 cup scalded milk; 2/3 cup butter; 1 and 1/2 tsp. salt.  Add to potatoes and let cool.
4.  Add 2 well beaten eggs and dissolved yeast to potato mixture.  Mix well.
5.  Add 6-8 cups flour (enough to handle) and stir until well mixed. 
6.  Refrigerate dough (couple hours/overnight/couple days).  Make sure the dough is covered so it doesn’t dry out.  
7.  When ready to make rolls, roll the desired amount of dough into a circle on a floured surface. 
8.  Cut dough into 8-12 pieces (as if you were cutting a pie) and roll each piece into a crescent shape, rolling from the wide side to the narrow point (looks like a croissant).
9.  Place formed rolls on an ungreased baking sheet and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.  (I turn my oven on 200 degrees for a few minutes to get it warm, turn the oven off and then stick the rolls in for 30 minutes to let them rise.)
10. Brush rolls with butter as you preheat the oven to 375-400 degrees (depending on how hot your oven runs). 
11. Bake for 12-15 minutes until light brown.  Cool on rack.   Serve warm, if possible. 
12. Rolls may be stored in a ziplock bag for a day or two and reheated briefly in microwave if desired.

Deb loves to cook comfort food that my family enjoys eating.   

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