Parker House Rolls with Garlic and Herbs

Each year, my Mom buys these rolls for Thanksgiving dinner that I LOVED growing up.  I used to poke holes in my rolls and stuff them with gravy.  Weird?  Maybe.... but tasty!!

Anyway, last year she didn't buy the rolls, because let's face it, they were not as exciting as moist turkey, and savory stuffing, and buttery mashed potatoes... I could go on and on.  So the rolls were not getting eaten.  But this year, I found this recipe in my Thanksgiving issue of the Food Network Magazine and they looked so great, I just had to make them.  I made them a little healthier (cut down on the butter and added whole wheat flour), and added some flavor with the garlic and herbs.  They looked great when I was finished.  The true test will be whether they are all eaten by the end of Thanksgiving week!  Go Team Rolls! :)


1 3/4 cups skim milk, at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/4-ounce packet active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks softened, 1/2 stick melted)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon garlic powder
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 teaspoons fine salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Olive oil
Flaky sea salt, for topping
Heat 1/2 cup milk until lukewarm in the microwave.  Pour into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, sprinkle in the sugar and yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add the softened butter (1 1/2 sticks), about half each of the flour and remaining milk, and the fine salt, sage, rosemary, and garlic powder; mix on medium speed until incorporated, about 1 minute. Add the egg and mix until incorporated, then add the remaining flour and milk; knead on medium-high speed until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the bowl, about 5 minutes (it will still be sticky).

Lightly brush a large bowl with olive oil and add the dough. Cover with a towel and set aside in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Lightly brush two 12-cup muffin pans with some of the melted butter. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Punch down the dough. Tear off about 1 tablespoon of dough and roll into a ball, then put on the prepared baking sheet; repeat with the remaining dough.

Arrange 3 balls in each muffin cup to make a clover shape. Lightly brush the top of each muffin with some more melted butter.  Cover the pans loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in the refrigerator, at least 8 hours or up to 1 day.

Position racks in the lower and upper thirds of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.  Remove the muffin pans from the refrigerator, uncover and let stand at room temperature, 1 hour. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until the rolls are golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Melt the reserved butter, then brush on the hot rolls while still in the pan. Serve or let cool and freeze.

If you want to make these rolls ahead of time, let the rolls cool completely, then freeze in a resealable plastic bag for up to 1 week. To reheat, arrange on a baking sheet, cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees F until warmed through, 25 minutes. Brush with melted butter.