Not only is Dr. Hodges a world-class orthodontist who cares about your teeth and smile, but he ALSO cares about your tastebuds. That’s right, Dr. Hodges is a chef who will knock your socks off with his creations. From incredible appetizers to a rack of ribs, and just about everything in between, Dr. Hodges knows how to wow in the kitchen or backyard grill.
So, as we prepare for our biggest family feast day of the year, we wanted to share one of Dr. Hodges’ favorite Thanksgiving recipes with you. These potato rolls will impress not just the in-laws. Everyone will want you to come back at Christmas… as long as you’re bringing a pan of Dr. Hodges’ Famous Potato Rolls. Enjoy!
Frank’s Famous Potato Rolls
Prep Time: 4 hr
Cook Time: 20 mins. to 25 mins.
Servings: 16 to 24 rolls
2 large eggs
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
6 tablespoons softened butter
1 cup leftover mashed potatoes**
2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast or active dry yeast
3/4 cup lukewarm water (water in which the potatoes were boiled, if possible)
4 1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
**If you don’t have leftover mashed potatoes, 1 medium-to-large baking potato will yield 8 ounces of mashed potato.
Here’s What You Do:
- To make the dough: Mix and knead all of the ingredients together – by hand, mixer, or bread machine set on the dough cycle – to make a smooth, soft dough.
- Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise until it’s doubled in bulk, about 90 minutes. If you’re using a bread machine, allow the machine to complete its cycle, then leave the dough in the machine until it’s doubled in bulk, perhaps an additional 30 minutes or so.
- Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 16 large balls, or 24 smaller balls. Round each ball into a smooth roll.
- Place the rolls in a lightly greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Cover the pan with lightly greased plastic wrap, and let them rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until they’re quite puffy. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Bake the rolls for 20 to 25 minutes, until they’re golden brown and feel set. Remove them from the oven, and turn them out of the pan onto a rack. Brush with melted butter, if desired.
- Serve rolls warm, or at room temperature. Store rolls, well wrapped in plastic, for several days at room temperature; freeze for longer storage.