Prep 1 hr
Cook 15 mins
Strikingly beautiful rolls with a wonderful crusty toasted hard cheese and herb topping. Wonderful for special meals, guests or just for that extra special touch. Parmigiano-Reggiano, Asiago and Romano cheese can be used for this recipe. If you have to, you can sub dried herbs for the fresh, although the fresh herbs are worth the trip to the market. Make Ahead: The unbaked rolls can be refrigerated overnight, then brought to room temperature the next day and let rise (loosely covered) for 2 hours, then baked. The rolls can also be baked earlier in the day and then reheated just before serving.
- 1 1⁄2 cups milk
- 11 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄4 ounce active dry yeast
- 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 cup packed parmigiano-reggiano cheese or 1⁄2 cup packed asiago cheese or 1⁄2 cup packed any variety romano cheese, freshly grated
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
- 1 1⁄4 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
- In a medium saucepan, heat milk with 3 tablespoons of the butter and sugar just until the butter melts. Pour into a large glass bowl and let cool to 110°F-120°F Stir in yeast and let rest until dissolved, approximately 5 minutes or so. Add flour and salt and stir until a soft sticky dough forms.
- Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Wash, dry and lightly coat the glass bowl with oil. Knead the dough until smooth, about 4 minutes. Place dough in oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
- Melt the remaining butter in a small saucepan. In a small shallow bowl or container, toss cheese with herbs.
- Lightly butter 18 of the muffin cups in 2 or more nonstick pans. Punch down the dough and divide into 3 equal sections. Working with 1 section of dough at a time and keeping the rest covered, roll the dough into a 1-inch-thick rope on a lightly floured surface; cut the rope into 18 equal pieces; roll each piece into a ball. Dip half of each ball into the melted butter and then into the herb-cheese mixture and arrange 3 balls in each prepared muffin cup, coated sides touching in the center. Repeat with the remaining dough and topping. Brush the top of the rolls with the remaining melted butter. (At this point they can be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.)
- Loosely drape plastic wrap over the muffin tins and let rise in a warm spot until they are about 1 inch above the rim of the cups, about 2 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 425°. Bake rolls in the lower and middle third of oven for about 15 minutes, or until nicely golden and tops are sizzling; about 7 minutes into baking swap pans and rotate for even browning. Turn the rolls out onto a rack and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
These are excellent. I had shredded parm. cheese, so I just chopped it with the herbs in the food processor. I did run out of herb cheese mix so two of my rolls were baked plain. One of my guests said he thought they were the best rolls he had ever eaten. Thanks for an awesome recipe.
Great rolls! I used 1 tablespoon yeast and used 4 tablespoons butter, and baked mine at 375 degrees for 22 minutes on convection bake. thanks Cheryl!...Kitten:)