Parmesan and Basil Dinner Rolls would be a delicious addition to any meal but, at least for me, these babies are the perfect accompaniment for spaghetti and meatballs or lasagna … actually, pretty much anything Italian.
I used my bread machine, which makes a 2 lb. loaf, to prepare the dough for these rolls. Since I only needed half the dough to make 12 rolls, I used the rest to bake a loaf of bread. Of course, you could use the dough to prepare 24 Parmesan and Basil Rolls instead of 12!
Yesterday I lost a life-long friend to pancreatic cancer. Angela adored bread, in any form. My dear friend, I dedicate today’s post to you. And I like to imagine you and your mom busy preparing the best lasagna heaven has ever seen.
++ You can purchase 1 lb. of bread dough, prepare the dough the ‘old fashioned way’ or use a bread machine, set on the ‘dough’ setting – it’s up to you.
This bread machine recipe makes a 2 lb. loaf. One lb. makes 12 rolls plus one bread. Or, if you chose, you could make 24 ‘Parmesan and Basil Rolls’. For 24 rolls, you’ll need two 8 1/2″ – 9″ round cake pans.
- 1 ¼ cup lukewarm milk
- ¼ cup lukewarm water
- 2 Tbs. butter or olive oil
- 4 cups bread flour
- 1 Tbs. AND 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 ¼ tsp. bread machine (quick rise) yeast
Add ingredients and set bread machine for ‘dough’. Should take about 2 hours.
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 Tbs. softened butter
- 2 Tbs. mayonnaise
- ¼ tsp. dried Italian seasonings – or oregano
- ¾ tsp. minced fresh basil leaves
- 2 – 3 fresh garlic cloves, crushed OPTIONAL
TO SPRINKLE ON TOP OF ROLLS AT END OF BAKING
- 1 heaping Tbs. grated Parmesan
Oven at 375F 8 1/2″ to 9″ round cake pan Bake rolls for approximately 25 minutes
Mix 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, 2 Tbs. softened butter, 2 Tbs. mayonnaise and herbs in a small bowl. Set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 lb. (16 oz.) bread dough into a 12” by 14” rectangle.
+ If using frozen bread dough, allow it to thaw and warm up a bit so dough will be easier to roll.
++ Dough may have the tendency to spring back – just let it rest for a minute and then ‘give it another go’. Also, don’t be afraid to take a bit of dough from one place and stick it onto another place in order to get the rectangular shape.
Spread Parmesan/butter/mayonnaise/spice mixture evenly on the 12″ x 14″ rectangle. ++ I like to drop small amounts all over – I think it makes it easier to spread the filling.
Starting at the 12” end, roll up dough and cut into 12 equal sections.
Place sections in an 8½” to 9” round cake pan. (Pan does NOT have to be greased.) Cover pan with a dish (tea) towel and allow dough to rise until almost double – between 40 minutes to over an hour.
++ I recommend placing the dough in the oven to rise, and I place a 10” x 13” pan filled with hot water on the lowest shelf because the hot water helps the dough rise evenly – and usually faster.
Once rolls are risen, remove from oven and set oven temperature to 375F.Bake rolls for 20 minutes – remove from oven and sprinkle on 1 heaping Tbs. grated Parmesan. Bake 4 – 5 minutes more.
Allow rolls to cool for a minute or two, then remove from pan with a spatula. Enjoy!
6 thoughts on “Parmesan and Basil Spiral Dinner Rolls – Short on Time? Buy Prepared Dough!”
Oh dear, sorry to hear you lost you dear friend Angela to pancreatic cancer. How sad. May the almighty rest her soul in eternal peace. Amen!
The parmesan and basil rolls look delicious. I’m sure your friend Angela would have agreed too! I’ve never thought of using mayonnaise in the filling but sounds like a good addition. Next time I shall try that too. Have a great day and thanks for sharing these lovely rolls. I’m drooling and wishing I could taste them.
Hi Liz – yup, I believe my friend Angela would’ve LOVED these rolls – and she would’ve served them with a huge platter of spaghetti and meatballs !!
You know, I had someone on Reddit ask me ‘why mayonnaise’. I told her because mayonnaise (and it wasn’t a lot) gives a nice ‘mouth feel’ and also made spreading the butter, parm. and basil mixture spread easier.
Those look so delicious!
I’m so sorry about the loss of your dear friend.
Hi – thanks so much for taking the time to comment – and thank you for your kind words about the loss of my friend. I debated about mentioning her loss but am glad that I dedicated today’s post to her – she was wonderful !
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Thanks ‘A’ – I had a few of them this morning with fried eggs – yummy!!!!