These gorgeous, homemade Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls deserve a spot at every dinner table on holidays and special occasions.
You’re more likely than not to find me swinging through the bakery at the grocery store for my standard bread and roll purchases. But I do break out the yeast and the stand mixer on a few special occasions during the year to make my own baked goods, including these Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls. No Thanksgiving is complete without them!
Rest assured; this is not a fussy, proof-the-yeast type of recipe. That’s not my style. The dough for these Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls comes together in minutes and is super easy to work with. The recipe is easily doubled if you’re feeding a crowd, too. Plus you can easily prep these rolls ahead of time, keep them frozen until the night before Thanksgiving and then defrost in the fridge before baking them off.
Right when the rolls come out of the oven, hit them with a generous brushing of melted butter mixed with fresh rosemary and garlic. The result is not only a delicious flavor boost but also a gorgeous sheen on your cloverleaf masterpieces.
These Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls are best served warm, so leave them until the last minute when planning your meal. Then watch they eyes light up as you pass them around the table. But make sure you serve yourself first – the basket may be empty by the time it reaches you.
Rosemary Garlic Cloverleaf Rolls
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 2 tablespoons potato flour, potato starch or 1/4 cup instant potato flakes (I used potato starch because that's what I had on hand)
- 3 tablespoons nonfat dry milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 4 tablespoons butter, softened
- 2/3 cup lukewarm water
- 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
- Add flour and next 8 ingredients (through milk) in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low to combine and then knead on medium low speed for 6 minutes or until dough is smooth but still a bit sticky. Place dough ball in a large greased bowl, cover and put in a warm spot. (I like to heat my oven for 30 seconds and pop the bowl in there.) Let the dough rise until doubled in size, anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
- After dough has risen, gently punch down dough and divide into twelve pieces. Divide each of those twelve pieces into three more pieces (36 small dough balls total). Roll all dough pieces into small balls.
- Lightly grease a standard muffin pan and fill each well with three dough balls. Cover, put in a warm spot and let rise for another 60 - 90 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Uncover buns and bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
- Meanwhile, combine melted butter, garlic and rosemary in a small bowl. Immediately after removing baked rolls from oven, brush them with the rosemary garlic butter while still in the pan. Allow rolls to set for 10 minutes and then remove to cooling rack or serve immediately.
To make the rolls a few days ahead of time, follow all instructions through step 3 but don't allow rolls to rise completely. They should be peeking up over the edges of the muffin wells but not busting out of them. (For me, this took about 65-70 minutes.) Gently tent the rolls with plastic wrap and freeze. Once frozen, wrap more tightly. The night before your meal, place wrapped rolls in the fridge to slowly defrost. Allow rolls to come to room temperature before baking as directed.