Everyone has a favorite piece of the Thanksgiving meal. Maybe you’re a die-hard turkey lover. Or maybe mashed potatoes and gravy make you swoon. Me? I am a carb-lover at heart, and my turkey day feast is not complete without freshly baked bread on the table. Does it sound crazy to single out bread as my most important piece of my meal? Not at all. These Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls are not only melt-in-your-mouth delicious, they are also real workhorses. These warm, savory buns will mop up every last bite of goodness on your plate. Try asking your cranberry sauce to do the same.
This isn’t a super fussy, proof-the-yeast type of recipe, either. (We all have enough to do on Thanksgiving than worry about the proper temperature for yeast to activate!) You can easily prep these rolls ahead of time, keep them frozen until the night before Thanksgiving and then defrost in the fridge. Just 20 minutes in the oven, and you have the aroma of freshly made bread wafting through the house while your turkey rests. There’s nothing quite like the smell of bread baking to draw everyone to the table.
I brushed these rolls with a rosemary- and garlic-laced butter immediately after they came out of the oven, which gives them that gorgeous sheen. Watch the eyes light up as you pass them around the table at Thanksgiving. But make sure you serve yourself first…the basket may be empty by the time it reaches you.