Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Potato Dinner Rolls #BreadBakers #CooktheBooks

These soft, fluffy dinner rolls made with leftover mashed potatoes are so good that you will find yourself making extra potatoes each time so that you have them for these rolls.

Potato Dinner Rolls

It's time for Bread Bakers.......


  • Bacon Potato Silver Dollar Pancakes from Food Lust People Love
  • Baked Vada Pav from Cook with Renu
  • Feather Rolls from A Messy Kitchen
  • Loaded Baked Potato Pizza from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
  • Okinawan Sweet Potato Pani Popo from Magical Ingredients
  • Potato Bread with Roasted Apples from What Smells So Good?
  • Potato Crescent Rolls from Passion Kneaded
  • Potato Dinner Rolls from A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits from The Wimpy Vegetarian
  • Turkish Stuffed Pogaca with Cheese & Potato from Sneha’s Recipe

  • #BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. http://www.pinterest.com/flpl/bread-bakers/ Links are also updated after each event on the BreadBakers home page. https://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com/p/breadbakers.html 

    Potato Dinner Rolls

    This recipe makes a dozen very large and fluffy dinner rolls.  You could make them smaller and get a dozen and a half using a 9x13 and a 9x9 baking pan if you desire.  They freeze very well so you don't need to worry about leftovers if you are only feeding your family instead of a gang.

    The Kitchen Front

    Our Cook the Books Club Selection this February/March is The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan.  This novel, chosen by Claudia of Honey From Rock follows four British women who enter a contest by BBC to win a spot as the first female host of a radio program called The Kitchen Front.

    It is two years into WWII and life is tough in Britain.  The Nazi's have cut off food supplies coming into the country and the government has imposed strict food rationing.  The contestants are called to create recipes and meals that everyday folks can make that are both tasty and healthy using only ingredients available to them either with rationing, their victory gardens and foraging.

    We meet four women who become contestants, each for their own reasons and the competition is fierce, remeniscent of dogs guarding their food bowls, as the stakes for each are very high.  

    We meet Audrey whose husband has gone missing during battle and is presumed dead leaving her with 3 young children, a huge house that has serious renovation needs and a mountain of debt.

    Zelda is a professionally trained chef in a world where men dominate restaurant kitchens.  She finds herself unmarried and expecting a child that she fully intends to give up for adoption.

    Audrey's estranged sister, Gwendolyn, sold her soul to the devil and entered a loveless, cold marriage in an attempt to gain popularity and respect.

    Nell is an assistant to Mrs. Quince, Lady Gwendolyn's cook, and is ordered to help her compete in the competition that they are expected to lose giving Gwendolyn an edge.

    The Kitchen Front was an actual radio show broadcast in Britain. I found an article called Under Siege: The Kitchen Front that was written as we were suffering kitchen challenges during the COVID pandemic.  The article refers back to the original radio show.

    "When food rationing was introduced in January 1940, with fixed amounts of household staples (sugar, tea, cheese, meat, etc) and only limited purchases of canned or packet goods, how people - and it was mostly women - coped, not simply with food rationing itself, but food buying, food preparation and food economy, would be a key factor in maintaining day-to-day morale.

     The BBC’s way of approaching this problem was unique for its time: a series of cookery programmes, The Kitchen Front, produced in association with the Ministry of Food, aimed at the ordinary housewife, and broadcast with no other purpose than to be helpful."

    This historical fiction novel looked at World War II from a totally different perspective and I enjoyed it very much.  When I was making these dinner rolls, using leftovers from the night before, I thought they would have made a perfect recipe to share during the broadcast.

    You are welcome to pick up a copy of this book and join us if it inspires you into the kitchen.  You can learn how in Claudia's Invitation Post.  Even if you are not a blogger you can still join in the fun working with one of our 4 co-hosts as explained in the Guidelines section of the groups main page.

    Of course, you can just read this book for pleasure as well.  I think you will enjoy it. I am also linking up with Foodies Read where you will find other food themed books to enjoy.  


    Bread, Dinner Rolls, Potatoes, Leftovers
    Yield: 12 large rolls
    Author: Wendy Klik
    Potato Dinner Rolls

    Potato Dinner Rolls

    These soft, fluffy dinner rolls made with leftover mashed potatoes are so good that you will find yourself making extra potatoes each time so that you have them for these rolls.
    Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 50 Min


    • 1/2 c. lukewarm water (105-110*)
    • 1 packet (2 1/4 t.) active dry yeast
    • 1 t. sugar
    • 1 c. leftover, seasoned mashed potatoes, room temperature
    • 1/3 c. sugar
    • 1/4 c. milk
    • 6 T. butter, melted and cooled
    • 2 eggs, room temperature
    • 5 c. flour
    • garlic butter for brushing, if desired


    1. Place the water, yeast and 1 teaspoon of sugar in the large bowl of a stand mixer. Let sit for about 5 minutes, until bubbly.
    2. Add the mashed potatoes, 1/3 cup sugar, milk, butter and eggs to the bowl and mix with the paddle attachment until combined and smooth.
    3. Switch to the dough attachment and begin adding the flour, 1 cup at a time, until it forms into a shaggy dough. Turn to medium speed and knead for about 8 minutes, adding additional flour 1 Tablespoon at a time if the dough is sticking to the bowl.
    4. Remove the dough ball from the bowl, spray the bowl with olive oil and return the dough to the bowl. Cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
    5. Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and form them into balls. Place the dough balls, seam side down, into a 9x13" baking dish that has been treated with cooking spray.
    6. Cover with a warm damp towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
    7. Bake in a preheated 350* oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and an internal temperature of 200* is met.
    8. If desired, brush the rolls with garlic butter while still hot in the pan. Allow to cool slightly before serving.


    Recipe adapted from one found at Simply Recipes.

    Nutrition Facts



    Fat (grams)

    7.21 g

    Sat. Fat (grams)

    4.06 g

    Carbs (grams)

    49.29 g

    Fiber (grams)

    1.96 g

    Net carbs

    47.34 g

    Sugar (grams)

    6.44 g

    Protein (grams)

    7.14 g

    Sodium (milligrams)

    60.97 mg

    Cholesterol (grams)

    43.16 mg


    1. Incorporating mashed potatoes into a dough makes the BEST dinner rolls, IMO!! These look delicious!

    2. Yes. Most definitely! Mashed potatoes make superb dinner rolls and yours look wonderful!

    3. I could imagine these would be great for sliders too! They are so fluffy looking!

    4. I am absolutely going to be baking those, they look sooo good! A perfect inspiration from the book.

    5. I've got my grandmother's recipe for these same kind of rolls. Ever frugal. A great recipe inspired from the book and times. I started the book but had to lay it down for some other commitments. Enjoying it so far.

    6. Potato rolls are my favourite, they go so well with everything

    7. I love the idea of using leftover mashed potatoes! I am thinking to make this tomorrow.

    8. I don't know if I would have ever thought of using mashed potato to make dinner rolls!

      1. A perfect way to use up leftovers and create a wonderful side dish Marg.

    9. I hadn't thought of making fluffy dinner rolls with mashed potatoes but I'll bet these are just divine

    10. Great choice of recipe, Wendy and lovely rolls :)


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