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Breakfast Rolls

I suggested pumpkin pancakes as a Thanksgiving breakfast earlier this week.  For some of us, that may be hitting the pumpkin note too much in one day.  Especially since Thanksgiving is almost the end of the pumpkin craze season for desserts.  Or maybe that seems like too much work on a day that will be full of cooking.  I hear you.

These breakfast rolls do require a fair amount of effort. BUT…that effort can be expended days ahead of time.  You could make this right now if you wanted them for Thanksgiving.  These rolls freeze beautifully and are all the deliciousness of biscuits and gravy plus an omelet all combined into one.  This is a a good recipe for feeding a crowd.  Plus it is a substantial breakfast, which should keep your crowd full until your turkey “dinner”, which I find for most people is consumed somewhere between 2-4 pm.

Enjoy!

Breakfast Rolls (Makes 18-24 rolls)

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⅓ cup sugar
3 tablespoons instant yeast
¼ cup canola oil
1 ¼ cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon salt
3 cups white whole wheat flour
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
8 eggs
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ cup skim milk
4 ounces breakfast sausage
½ medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 large tomato, diced
1 cup cubed sweet potato (or white potato), boiled until just fork tender
½ cup shredded colby jack cheese

1. In a large bowl, mix sugar, yeast, oil, and water until dissolved. Cover and let stand in warm place for 15 minutes.

2. Blend eggs and salt into yeast mixture. Gradually add flour, mixing well to form a dough. Knead for 5 minutes in stand mixer.

3. Lightly grease bowl, and let dough rise in a warm place for about 30-40 minutes.

4. While dough is rising, whisk together egg, black pepper, and milk. Scramble until fairly dry, but do not overcook. Set aside.

5. Brown sausage in skillet. Add onion and pepper. Saute 3-5 minutes, until softened. Add tomato; cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.  Set aside.

6. Roll out risen dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll into a rectangular shape until it is about ¼ inch thick. Evenly sprinkle eggs, sausage mixture, potatoes, and cheese over the top. (See picture below.) Roll up tightly, beginning on long side. Roll gently so the dough doesn’t rip. Pinch to seal. Cut into 1 inch slices.

7. Place rolls in lightly greased pans, slightly apart. They should touch each other as they raise. Let rolls rest in warm place until about double in size, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400.

8. Bake at 400 for 15-20 minutes, until tops of rolls are browned. Serve warm. Can serve plain or with milk gravy on top.

Nutritional Information (Amount per Roll):

Calories: 251
Protein: 11 g
Fat: 9 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 106 mg
Carbohydrates: 34 g
Fiber: 4 g
Sodium: 131 mg

Recipe Notes: You can adjust the vegetables and meat to whatever your preference. If you use tomatoes, it is important to cook out most of the liquid. Otherwise you’ll have soggy rolls, which is gross. Frozen hashbrown potatoes would work well, but you’d want to cook them with the other veggies to get out any water. You could use all whole wheat flour, but it makes for a heavier feeling roll. I don’t usually include any process photos, but I’m including one below of just before rolling the dough. If you’ve made cinnamon rolls, this is not covered as completely as cinnamon rolls are. But it works fine. This filling is more substantial. Also, don’t roll your dough as thin as I did in the picture. It was hard to keep it from breaking from the weight of the filling.

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Tips on freezing: Freeze rolls in pans before second raise. When ready to eat, place in fridge overnight to thaw. In the morning, let sit uncovered on counter for about 30 minutes. Bake in 400 oven for 20-25 minutes.

Recipe Source: roll dough adapted from a cooking class I took in college; filling ideas and freezing adapted from here

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Pretzel Rolls (plus a Halloween twist)

When I was a teenager, I liked to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. One day, I decided I wanted pretzels, so I made some. While a bit of work, they were very tasty. My mom also loved pretzels, so she would have me make them for her occasionally.

These rolls are all the deliciousness of a pretzel with slightly less work. No forming ropes and twisting and shaping. Somehow a roll shape also makes this pretzel feel more like it is dinner worthy and not so much a snack.

The Halloween twist is super easy and takes an already special roll up another notch. In all pretzel rolls, you cut slashes for them to expand. To make them festive, cut jack-o-latern faces or spiders or whatever your heart desires. It makes rolls more fun for the kids on a special night.

Enjoy!

Pretzel Rolls (Makes 16 rolls)

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1 tablespoon instant yeast
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups warm skim milk (about 110 degrees)
1 ½ cups warm water (about 110 degrees)
2 teaspoons salt
3 cups white whole wheat flour
3-5 cups all-purpose flour

Water bath:
3 quarts water
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup baking soda

1. In a large bowl, stir together yeast, oil, milk, and water. Add salt and 2 cups of flour. Mix. Gradually add the remaining flour while mixing until dough clears the sides of the bowl and is stiff but still soft. Knead for 4-5 minutes.

2. Let dough rise in a lightly greased bowl, covered, until double in size (about 1 hour).

3. Portion dough into 16 equal pieces, rolling each into a round ball. Lay out on lightly greased parchment or a floured counter. Let dough rest for 15-20 minutes.

4. Bring water bath ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan. Taking one roll at a time, pinch the bottom of the roll to form a pucker and place into boiling water bath. Boil 3-4 rolls at a time. Boil for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side. Remove from boiling water, letting the excess water drip back into the pan. Place rolls onto baking sheets lined with lightly greased parchment paper.

5. Preheat oven to 425.

6. Use a sharp knife to cut slits (or a holiday design) in the top of each roll about ¼ inch deep.

7. Bake for 20-22 minutes, until deep golden brown.

Nutritional Information (Amount per roll):

Calories: 218
Protein: 7 g
Fat: 3 g
Saturated Fat: less than 1 g
Cholesterol: less than 1 mg
Carbohydrates: 42 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sodium: 306 mg

Recipe notes: I boiled these rolls for at least 1 minute per side. I find you have to boil for a while to get a dark, chewy outside. Don’t be afraid to cut a little deep in step 6. I didn’t go quite deep enough, which is why my design is kind of faint. But be gentle so you don’t deflate the dough. I omitted sprinkling the rolls with salt. I don’t care for it, and it makes the sodium ridiculous. The nutrients on this seem high, I know. They are a large, fairly dense roll. One per person is plenty. Trust me.

Source: Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

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