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Table Talk

Roll With It

This is your ticket to better dinner rolls.

Nine times out of 10, I don't remember what else was served for dinner, but I remember the rolls—especially if they are the warm, impossibly soft, and pull-apart ones. Even though they're the opening act, great dinner rolls have star power. That's why every gather-for-dinner season bookended by Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, I butter up my family and friends with warm homemade rolls. Plus, making dinner rolls is always a smart move because humans universally like warm carbs slathered with butter.

To inspire you, we gathered our favorite dinner rolls recipes. Some are more time-intensive, like the sourdough dinner rolls—though it's mostly waiting for the dough to rise, and when you tear into the gorgeous brown crust and watch a smear of butter melt into the hole-y bread, you'll understand why they're worth it. Others you can whip up in the time it takes to preheat your oven. Unbelievable, right? But it's true! We also included carbs you'd be happy to see in your bread basket, like pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), biscuits, and popovers.

And we'd never leave you hanging—we are here to answer any questions you may have about baking with yeast, kneading and proofing dough, and shaping dinner rolls. If you can't find the answer to your question on this page, you can always write us (contact@simplyrecipes.com).

Remember that it's futile to resist—have more than one and just roll with it!

Myo Quinn, Senior Editor

P.S. No one should be serving warm dinner rolls with cold butter.

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Simply Recipes / Karishma Pradhan

Our Very Best Dinner Roll Recipes That Call for Yeast

We are here to proof (teehee!) that yeast and sourdough is not scary. Take one bite of these fluffy and tender dinner rolls, and you'll understand why the extra effort of kneading and proofing yeasted dough is worth it.

Easy Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)

Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

A Bread Basket Full of Quick and Easy Dinner Roll Recipes

Baking homemade rolls doesn't have to take all day. You should be able to fill your bread basket with warm, delicious rolls even after a long day at work. Here are our favorite recipes that take about an hour, including a gluten-free and a vegan option.

Our Tips & Tricks for Making the Best Dinner Rolls

Basketful of Challah Rolls

Simply Recipe / Micah Siva

Make Yeast Your Friend: Learn to bake with yeast and you''ll be rewarded with fluffy, tender rolls. Here's what you need to know about baking with yeast, plus a guide for how to make sourdough starter:

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Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

Learn from the Pros: Our resident pro bakers Mark Beahm and Meghan Splawn are here with their expert tips for making, shaping, baking, and freezing dinner rolls.

what to make with store-bought crescent rolls

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

Embrace Store-Bought: We're not shy to admit that we serve store-bought dinner rolls when there's too much going on in our lives. Here are tips and ideas for how to cook and serve them: