Homemade Dinner Rolls with garlic and herbs are SO easy to make! You can learn to make these quick dinner rolls in no time because they’re so simple and much faster than regular rolls.
This post is sponsored by Fleischmann’s Yeast®; I use their RapidRise® yeast for all my bread and roll recipes. All opinions are my own.
It should come as no surprise that dinner rolls reign supreme in my house. If I can find a way to make homemade dinner rolls and serve them with any meal, I will. Whether we’re having soup or salad or just chicken, I always want some sort of soft dinner roll side dish.
Even on Thanksgiving, Christmas or Easter when we’re hosting a huge meal with tons of side dishes, I have to make homemade rolls. Dinner isn’t complete without a soft and buttery roll on every plate.
I know some of you must agree with me…right?? You’re my people.
Don’t be scared of making homemade rolls!
I know a lot of people are scared of making dinner rolls from scratch. After all, all good recipes call for some sort of yeast and yeast can be scary if you’re not used to using it.
I promise though, once you try baking with yeast you’ll be a total convert: it’s SO MUCH easier than you think it is! I highly recommend giving it this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!
What kind of yeast do you use for quick dinner rolls?
There are all kinds and brands of yeast but my favorite one, the one I always use, is Fleischmann’s Yeast®. I especially love their RapidRise® Yeast because it makes the bread making process so much faster.
RapidRise® Yeast is instant yeast (as opposed to active dry yeast). Using RapidRise® Yeast is so much better because it cuts down the time it takes to make homemade bread and rolls.
I love using it because:
- You don’t need to proof the yeast. With RapidRise® Yeast you simply mix the yeast with the dry ingredients and then add the hot liquid.
- It only needs a 10 minute “rest” after kneading instead of a full rise. If you’re using active dry yeast you’ll have to wait until the dough doubles in size before you can even form it into dinner rolls, which is why instant yeast is so much better to use.
How do you make homemade dinner rolls soft and fluffy?
It’s an easy process, but it has a few steps:
- Gather your dry ingredients. For this recipe you need two packets of Fleischmann’s Yeast® RapidRise® Yeast. You’ll also need sugar, flour, and salt.
- Heat your wet ingredients (milk, water, and butter) to between 120°-130°F. It’s best to use an instant read thermometer to test your temperature but you can also use the “feels like hot bathwater” test. This takes about 60-90 seconds in the microwave.
- Mix the dry and wet ingredients, adding flour as needed to make a sticky dough. The dough will be slightly sticky to the touch when it’s done mixing.
- Knead your dough on a floured surface for 8-10 minutes, until it’s nice and elastic, then let the RapidRise® Yeast work it’s magic while it rests for just 10 minutes.
- This recipe makes a lot of homemade dinner rolls! Divide the dough in half, then cut each half into 18 rectangles.
Then it’s time to shape and flavor your dinner rolls!
How to make garlic bread with dinner rolls:
This recipe is modeled after Parker House Rolls, a famous kind of dinner roll. Basically, each rectangle is brushed with butter and rolled into a tight spiral for baking.
I decided to change up the buttery recipe to make these into herb and garlic bread rolls! To do that you just add some Italian seasoning and garlic powder to your melted butter.
Brush the rectangles with melted butter and roll them. Then you have to wait for them to double in size (about 30 minutes). Once they’re baked they’re the most super soft dinner rolls ever!
The flavor of the butter and seasoning is perfect and will make your family happy, I promise. My daughter cannot resist dinner when she knows there are homemade rolls to be had!
How do you make dinner rolls rise faster?
The beauty of this recipe is that they’re quick dinner rolls without anything extra special! Using Fleischmann’s Yeast® RapidRise® Yeast makes the process faster and makes them rise faster than if you used another kind of (non-instant) yeast.
The actual rise time of these rolls is only 30 minutes but you can shave some time off that if you’re in a rush by doing one of three things:
- Place the tray of rolls to rise on the top of the stove while you’re preheating the oven – the heat from the oven will help them rise faster.
- Place the tray of rolls in a 200° oven – they’ll rise faster in the warmth.
- Place the tray on a rack set over a pan of boiling water and cover them. The steam from the boiling water will help them rise faster too!
No matter how you let them rise, this easy homemade dinner rolls recipe is going to be a huge hit!
Other recipes using RapidRise® Yeast:
- Buttery Homemade Rolls (4 shapes)
- Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls
- Easy White Bread
- Cinnamon Swirl Bread
- Breakfast Pizza
- Check out all my bread recipes!
Serve these homemade dinner rolls with:
This recipe is slightly adapted from the Breadworld website.
Homemade Dinner Rolls with garlic and herbs
- 4 ¾ to 5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 envelopes Fleischmann’s® RapidRise® Yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
For the filling:
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Place 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl. Whisk to combine.
- Place milk, water, and ¼ cup butter in a measuring cup. Heat in the microwave until very warm (120° to 130°F). Measure the temperature with an instant read thermometer or think hot bathwater if you don’t have a thermometer.
- Pour wet ingredients into flour mixture. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add egg and ½ cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed.
- Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Dough will be slightly sticky to the touch.
- Place dough on a floured surface. Knead on until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. You’ll know it’s done kneading when the dough will spring back when touched with two fingers.
- Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
- At this point, if you want to make the rolls ahead, place dough in a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise in refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours.
- Divide dough in half; roll each half to a 12-inch square, about 1/4-inch thick.
- Cut each into 6 strips. Cut each strip into 3 rectangles.
- Stir together filling ingredients in a small bowl.
- Brush each rectangle with melted butter mixture. Fold the dough over once and roll into a spiral. Arrange in rows, slightly overlapping, on greased baking sheets, with shorter seam of each roll facing down. Allow 1/4-inch of space between each row. Reserve any leftover butter mixture for after baking.
- Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until done. Remove from sheets; cool on wire rack. Brush hot rolls with remaining butter mixture.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
You can make copycat Parker House Rolls so easily – they make the best homemade dinner rolls, especially with butter, garlic and herbs! Your family will love these easy rolls!
Last Updated on May 20, 2022
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Published on: November 12, 2019