Italian Dinner Rolls

Saturday Tim and I had the privilege of attending the beautiful celebration of life for a very special woman. She was Mary Herron, our son-in-law Will Morgan’s (Betsy’ husband) maternal grandmother. As was mentioned in the uplifting eulogy presented by her son Dan, Mary was Nani, not just to her own grandchildren, but to everyone. Family was everything to her. She was a member of that generation that took the good with the bad and just kept going, living life, striving upward, encouraging her family and gathering friends wherever she went. 
Cooking and baking is very much a part of the Herron/Morgan family’s tradition, and someday I will share the “Where Are the Cookies?” story from Betsy and Will’s wedding, along with some delicious traditional cookie recipes. For today, I present one of Nani's recipes, shared by Tessa Morgan Fouch, Will’s sister. Although these are an integral part of their family Thanksgiving, these rolls would be delicious any time. 

In honor of Nani . . . 

Italian Dinner Rolls
3½ - 4 cups flour                   
1 package dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar                          
2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning           
1 cup milk
½ cup water                         
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg                                      
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons melted butter
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Generously grease a 13x9-inch baking pan or 2 round pans. Grease a large bowl and set aside. 
In a large mixer bowl combine 1½ cups flour, yeast, sugar, garlic salt, and seasoning. Mix well and set aside. In a saucepan heat milk, water, and butter until warm, 120 – 130°F. (Butter doesn't need to melt.) Add liquid mixture to flour mixture.  Add egg and blend on low speed until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand gradually stir in ½ cup cheese and enough remaining flour to make firm dough.  Knead on well-floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes.

Warm oven for 1 minute, turn off oven. Place dough in greased bowl and turn to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm oven for 15 minutes. Punch down and divide into 16 balls. Dip tops into melted butter and the ¼ cup cheese. Place in prepared baking pan.

Cover and let rise in warm oven for 10 minutes.  Bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Remove from pan and cool.

Photo by William G. Morgan

© 2017 Georgia Kohart