POTATO ROLLS WITH BACON

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mashed potatoes (cooled)
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk, warmed to about 110°F
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked until crispy and chopped
  • Extra melted butter for brushing (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Mashed Potatoes:
    • Boil or steam potatoes until tender. Mash them thoroughly to avoid lumps. Measure out 1 cup of mashed potatoes and let cool.
  2. Activate the Yeast:
    • In a small bowl, dissolve a pinch of sugar into the warm milk. Sprinkle the yeast over the milk and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until frothy.
  3. Mix the Dough Ingredients:
    • In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the 3 1/2 cups of flour, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt.
    • Add the activated yeast mixture, mashed potatoes, beaten egg, and melted butter. Mix until a dough begins to form.
  4. Knead the Dough:
    • Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface or in the stand mixer for about 8-10 minutes, until smooth and elastic.
    • Halfway through kneading, add the chopped bacon and continue to knead until evenly incorporated.
  5. First Rise:
    • Place the dough in a greased bowl, turning once to coat. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  6. Shape the Rolls:
    • Punch down the dough and turn it out onto a floured surface. Divide the dough into about 12 equal pieces.
    • Shape each piece into a ball and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  7. Second Rise:
    • Cover the shaped rolls with a damp cloth and let them rise again until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  8. Bake the Rolls:
    • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
    • Bake the rolls for 18-20 minutes, or until they are golden brown on top.
    • Optionally, brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter immediately after taking them out of the oven for a soft, flavorful crust.
  9. Serve:
    • Let the rolls cool slightly on a wire rack before serving. They are best enjoyed warm, offering a soft interior and crispy bits of bacon.

Conclusion

Potato rolls with bacon are a delightful blend of flavors and textures that are sure to please any crowd. Whether served as part of a breakfast or as a side with dinner, these rolls are versatile and delicious. By following this guide, you can make bakery-quality rolls that are perfect for any occasion. Enjoy the process and the delicious results of your homemade potato rolls with bacon!

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