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These rolls are a family favorite and are perfectly light and fluffy!
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time2 hrs 12 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dinner Rolls, Grandma McNamara's potato rolls, potato rolls
Servings: 16 people
Calories: 158kcal


  • 1 large russet potatoes (big enough to make 1/2 cup mashed potato), peeled and chopped
  • cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk warmed
  • 1⅛ teaspoon instant yeast
  • ¼ cup reserved potato water luke warm with 1 teaspoon sugar added to it
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • cup bread flour


  • Boil potato until tender. Drain cooking water, reserving 1/4 cup for use in the rolls. Finely mash the potato and measure out 1/2 cup. Let cool to room temperature.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together mashed potato, butter, sugar, honey salt and egg with paddle attachment. Mix together on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  • Combine yeast, warm milk and potato water and pour into mixer bowl. Mix on low speed until incorporated.
  • Gradually add flours, about a 1/2 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. Switch to the dough hook attachment and knead on low speed for 5 minutes, adding more flour if necessary to achieve a soft dough that is slightly tacky but not sticky.
  • Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 60-90 minutes.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and punch it down. Separate into 16 equal pieces and shape into rolls.
  • Place rolls on prepared baking sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Sprinkle the rolls with a dusting of flour. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let the dough rise again until the rolls have grown into each other, about 30-45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Bake rolls for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg