Potato Rolls: the super soft, moist roll recipe made with mashed potatoes

Total time: 45 Min + Rising time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 15 people
By Cookist

Potato rolls are a tasty, pull-apart side dish recipe you can serve with any meal during holidays such as Thanksgiving. They're fluffy, super soft yet moist thanks to mashed potatoes. The golden brown top is shiny and crisp because of butter and honey.

Very popular in Pennsylvania, these rounded potato rolls are different from regular dinner rolls as they replace a certain amount of wheat flour with potatoes. This key ingredient make the potato rolls also slightly sweeter and softer.

They're so versatile you can customize them as you want. You can use your mashed potato leftovers or serve these potato rolls as tasty sliders. The best part? You can make these rolls ahead of time as they last for days.


Potato Rolls Ingredients

Flour – it's essential for making rolls.

Potatoes – they give a soft and moist texture to the rolls.

Water and dry yeast – use this combination to make rise your potato rolls.

Sugar – it gives a touch of sweetness.

Eggs – it's the perfect binding element.

Milk – it makes the rolls fluffy.

Butter – it adds moisture and flavor to the rolls.

Honey – brush it on the top for making it sweet and shiny.

Tips for making Easy Potato Rolls

Make sure to work in a warm environment to let the dough rise faster. A trick? Make these rolls close to a warm oven.

If you don't want to use butter, you can replace it with vegetable shortening.

You can swap honey for oil.

What to do with Potato Roll Leftovers

If you have some leftover potato rolls, you can use them as regular rolls. They're great served as croutons, burger buns or French toast.

How to store Potato Rolls

You can store potato rolls at room temperature for 2-3 days, closed in an airtight container.

You can also freeze potato rolls for a month. Make sure to wrap them tightly in foil and place the rolls in a freezer zip-lock bag. Before serving, thaw on the counter and reheat them in the oven.

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How to make Potato Rolls

Pour the boiled potatoes in a bowl and mash them well.

In a mixing bowl combine the water, the yeast, and 1 teaspoon of the sugar.

Add the eggs, milk, melted butter, remaining sugar, and salt, and stir with a spatula until smooth.

Add mashed potatoes.

Gradually add the flour and continue mixing. When to dough starts to form knead with your hands until smooth.

Cover the bowl with the cling film and let it rise for 2 hours, or until it doubles in volume.

After time has elapsed, remove the dough from the bowl and transfer it to the working surface and split it into 4 parts.

Form small balls and divide each into 5-6 pieces to make a total of 15-20 pieces.

Roll the dough into small balls, and place the seam side down in the baking dish. Make sure to space the balls closer together if you want them to have softer sides. Cover with a cloth and let it rise for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, transfer the rolls to the oven and bake them at 200°C/392°F for 20 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together butter and honey until smooth.

Brush the tops of the baked rolls with the mixture. Allow cooling slightly before serving.

Serve and enjoy potato rolls!

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