Butter Roll Recipe

This is a really good dinner roll recipe.  I made 100 of them on Tuesday to take to the shelter.  The guys were grabbing them and eating them as I walked through the door.

I am learning a lot doing cooking in these quantities and cooking for so many people at a time.  One thing I've learned is that you really have to love cooking to do this!

I also learned that there is no one on the face of the earth that does not instantly fall in love with Bev's chicken and dumplings.

I swear I could make them several times a week and people could never get enough of them.  It takes a lot of perseverance to pick all the meat off of 50 pounds of chicken thighs and legs.  The other thing I've learned is how to make excellent large quantities of food very inexpensively.  I found thighs on sale for 67 cents per pound.  I was able to provide a nice sized bowl of C&D and a good homemade butter roll for almost 200 people for a little over a dollar per serving.

Here is the roll recipe:

  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water or milk
  • 1 package rapid rise yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg or 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp melted and cooled butter
  • 1 cup lukewarm water/milk
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • additional melted butter for brushing
  1. In a bowl mix 1/4 cup lukewarm water or milk with 1 package rapid rise yeast and 1 tsp of sugar.
  2. In your mixer bowl add 4 cups all purpose flour. Pour the yeast mixture over.
  3. Add 1 egg and 4 tbsp of melted butter
  4. In a measuring cup mix 1 cup of lukewarm milk with 1-2 tsp salt. Add it to the bowl.
  5. Mix until you have a smooth dough.
  6. Put the dough into a greased bowl, cover with plastic. Let it double in volume.
  7. Grease a 11×7 deep dish. Divide the dough into 16 almost equal balls. Shape them into small baguettes and place them into the baking dish. Cover again with plastic and let them rise until they are touching.
  8. Preheat the oven to  375F.
  9. Brush the rolls with melted butter and place them in the oven.
  10. Bake for 23-25 minutes until golden. Brush with some more butter as soon as you take them out of the oven.
I think I made about 400 dumplings.

I always remove the chicken from the pot to let it cool before I start to deconstruct it.  I had 6 of these trays.

Dumplings in the pot.

I roll them out and use a pizza cutter to score them.


Patty Woodland said…
A delicious, hearty meal for a cold winter's day
AkasaWolfSong said…
I am definitely going to be making these rolls Jazz...they look scrumptious! :)

I copied and pasted the recipe and saved it so I can write it down and keep it in my recipe box.

Thanks a million!

I love that you are making such a huge difference in the lives of the homeless...

Blessings of Love and Light,
Anonymous said…
Joyce your generosity knows no bounds, I could never afford to do what you're doing, even if I wanted too, but if I could I surely would take your lead, its an amazing thing you're doing, brought tears to my eyes when you mentioned Bevs Chicken and Dumplings, we love it too, it was the first recipe I tried of hers, I miss her,
Anonymous said…
There are some kind of dishes that one never can get too much of :-) This looks very nice but I have to admit that I've never made dumplings myself.

Have a great day!
petoskystone said…
How wonderful to do this! :) How many smiles & warm bellies you've fed for 1$.
You are just amazing to do this. Many of us think we could - but very few actually go out and do it. Well done you. Irene xxx
Joy said…
Great job again! :-) If you need large quantity cookbooks, I'd recommend some I 1st got in culinary school: On Cooking and Professional Cooking. These are geared toward large portions for high-volume restaurants. :-)
Tournesol said…
What a great meal for people who don't get a real homecooked meal too often. Can you imagine what that would be like? So kind of you to care and prepare food made with love, I'm sure they feel it.
Guillaume said…
Gosh you make me hungry now.
Robin Larkspur said…
Talk about comfort food, oh boy! I think those rolls look heavenly.
Anonymous said…
This looks absolutely delicious, thank you for sharing!
greekwitch said…
You are amazing! You are like a restless bee! And on the other hand i can not find thge energy some days to cook for 2 humans two cats and a dog!
Nellie said…
Yes, cooking for this number is really a challenge - time consuming, too, to prepare the less-expensive cuts of chicken. Cooking "from scratch" definitely takes more time. The roll recipe sounds like a good one! Thank you for taking time to post when you are "covered up" preparing chicken and dumplings.:-)
Queen of the kitchen in Pittsburg!
I just think this is all so wonderful.
You are the only person I know who still cooks in big quantities like prairie folks used to do in order to feed the threshing gangs! At the back of all those old-timey church women recipe books, there'd always be these recipes for feeding 100 people, LOL! I suppose they also needed those recipes for the big fall suppers that every little community used to hold.
One has to be an inspired lover of cooking, to do such as this.


A Good Witch, who does her magic, in her Kitchen. :-)

We loves-you, Dear Good Witch!!!

luckybunny said…
Man do those biscuits ever look good.