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Fluffy and supremely tender, these Purple Potato Dinner Rolls add a fun, unexpected splash of color to your table! Leftover potatoes never tasted so good!
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Fall on this blog means lots and lots of brown and orange food. So sorry. I know they’re not the prettiest crayons in the box.
I swear, it’s not intentional – but I can’t help loving everything that fall is, including its colors. Trust me, when I browse Pinterest and Instagram, I ogle those rainbow-hued smoothie bowls and multicolored salads. Little pops of color…they’re gorgeous, too. So today, we’re going with that.
Just a little smudge of purple on the otherwise warm palette that is my fall food life. Here goes.
Purple Potato Dinner Rolls.
So, they look a tad unnatural. I promise, they’re as normal as squid ink pasta and beet-dyed mozzarella cheese (which I found out is a thing this week.)
Since my husband and I have been together, I’ve firmly jumped on the rice bandwagon. It’s a staple in Dominican cooking and is such a cheap, easy starch to work with. However, being Polish and German, I could never give up the potato roots I grew up with – no pun intended.
I have no real potato preference (I love them all,) but purple potatoes have become pretty common in our house. I love to pick up the fingerling medley bags and have them on hand for when the mood strikes. Did you know, though, that aside from their surprising color, they also have their own unique flavor?
Mild yet distinctly nutty and earthy, purple potatoes have a low sugar content and high starch content. They’re delicious in all sorts of salads, roasted medleys, or as an intriguing mash to get your littles to eat their veggies.
And if they don’t? Well…use them in these fluffy rolls!
I’ve always always always loved store-bought potato rolls (blame my many years at Publix) – so soft and tender and delicious without anything on them at all. So good, I could eat half a bag without a second thought.
(And I have.)
I’d never tried to make my own until this recipe. In addition to dessert and usually a protein, we like to take a different dinner roll to Thanksgiving dinner at my bestie’s every year. Last year, it was my Pumpkin Sage Cloverleaf Rolls.
This year, it will definitely be potato.
These lovely rolls are just a little time-consuming. Like three to four hours worth. In the grand scheme of holiday cooking and baking, that’s nothing.
The good news is that they’re easily freezable, and taste just as good as the day they were made when they’re thawed and warmed up! Making them in advance for the holidays will not only free you up to do the other 50 things on your list – you’ll also have warm, soft, homemade rolls to brag about.
Do you love potatoes as much as I do? Learn more about your favorite varieties and how to use them all!
Purple Potato Dinner Rolls
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water or reserved potato water
- 1 cup purple potatoes mashed & still warm (can use any potato here)
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar or honey
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened, plus more for brushing
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm (potato) water. Allow to sit for 8-10 minutes.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (or other large bowl,) combine mashed purple potatoes, sugar (or honey), softened butter, eggs, salt, remaining water, yeast mixture and 2 cups flour. Using the paddle attachment (or a spoon,) beat until smooth, adding enough flour to form a shaggy dough.
- Switch to the dough hook on your stand mixer. Continue to stir/knead in remaining flour to form a soft dough that's just slightly tacky to the touch, 5-6 minutes on 2nd speed, or 8-10 by hand.
- Form the dough into a ball and place it in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise until it's doubled in size, about 60-90 minutes.
- Lightly grease two 9" x 13" pans and set aside.
- Lightly dust a large cutting board or workspace with flour. Tip the dough from the bowl onto the floured surface and punch down dough to gently deflate it.
- Divide the dough into thirds, then cut each third into 10 pieces each, equaling 30 pieces total (weighing about 1.3 ounces each.) Round each piece into a smooth roll.
- Place the rolls into the prepared pans, closely for a pull-apart style roll, or further apart if you'd like more browning on each roll.
- Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap, and let them rise for 30-60 more minutes until doubled.
- In the last 15 minutes of rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown on top. Remove them from the oven, and remove them to a cooling rack. Brush with melted butter, if desired.
Craving more side dishes for dinner? How about another potato recipe or two?
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