Rosemary Garlic Rolls

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and that means most of us will gather together for the yummiest food day of the year. When it comes to holiday dinners, freshly baked dinner rolls are a highly anticipated side in our family and probably yours. That’s why I couldn’t wait to share this easy Rosemary Garlic Rolls recipe with you – it is perfect for any dinner! Plus, it is the best time-saving recipe, thanks to Bridgford’s Parkerhouse style rolls frozen dough. 

Cast iron skillet with rosemary garlic dinner rolls and a head of garlic, rosemary in the background
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These super soft, buttery rolls are sure to be the star at dinner. Rosemary, garlic, and butter are brushed on the rolls to create a rich and savory bread roll. 

Your guests will love biting into the best dinner rolls for holiday dinners or any meal. These rosemary dinner rolls are so simple and easy that you don’t need to wait for a special occasion to serve them. Serve them with Buttermilk Brined Pork Chops, Crock Pot Smothered Chicken, Instant Pot Beef Stew, or my Pismo Beach Clam Chowder for an extraordinary meal.

Ingredients for Rosemary Garlic Rolls

cast iron skillet with dinner rolls ready to brush with rosemary and garlic butter

TFN tip: for a stress-free holiday, keep plenty of Bridgford’s frozen dough on hand! Their Ready-Dough and Parkerhouse Rolls are so easy and versatile! Just thaw, bake, and serve. It’s really that effortless! And, if you keep them in your freezer, they’re ready when you need them. 

How to Make Easy Dinner Rolls with Frozen Dough

There are a number of ways to prepare these fast and easy dinner rolls with Bridgford’s frozen dough. Like you, I am always looking for time saving strategies for holiday and family dinners. 

And, these Rosemary Garlic Rolls deliver on that! How about that they are a simple make ahead recipe? Or that you can make them in an air fryer? But, first let’s start by safely thawing or defrosting your frozen rolls.

Defrost Frozen Dough

There are two ways to easily thaw frozen dough:

  1. Defrost frozen dough rolls effortlessly in the refrigerator overnight. Place the frozen rolls on an oil sprayed casserole dish or sheet pan. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking oil on the side facing the dough. Don’t skip this last step, otherwise you’ll wind up with a sticky mess. Let defrost in the refrigerator overnight, or for 8 – 10 hours.
  2. For a quicker, but just as easy method, defrost the frozen rolls on your counter at room temperature. Place the frozen rolls in an oil sprayed casserole dish or sheet pan. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking oil on the side facing the dough. Don’t skip this last step, otherwise you’ll wind up with a sticky mess. Let defrost for 1-2 hours. The rolls should still be cold.
frozen dinner rolls in pan to thaw with bag of Bridgford parker house rolls in the background

Once your dough is thawed, it is easy-peasy to make these delicious rosemary rolls from frozen dough.

  • Let the rolls rise in a warm place until they have doubled in size.
  • Preheat your oven to 350º.
  • Brush on melted butter mixed with rosemary, garlic, and salt.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until they are golden brown.

TFN Tip: Have a stress-free holiday dinner by making these rolls ahead or “baking” them in your air fryer. Get all the details on how below:

Make Ahead Rosemary Garlic Dinner Rolls

We all know how hectic Thanksgiving Day can be. Well, guess what? Rosemary Garlic Rolls are ideal as an easy, make ahead dinner rolls recipe.

  • After thawing and preparing the rolls with butter, rosemary, garlic, and salt (as shown in the recipe).
  • Place the rolls on the baking sheet or casserole dish, and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
  • Remove rolls from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for one to two hours (until warmed and risen) before baking.

Air Fryer Dinner Rolls

Do you have an air fryer? Well, it is the perfect way to “bake” Rosemary Garlic Dinner Rolls. 

During the holidays, oven space is always at a premium. Turkeys, hams, duck, and prime rib all take up so much oven space.

Air fryers are a handy appliance to have in the kitchen. So, make your dinner rolls in the air fryer instead of the oven and free up the oven.

easy air fryer dinner rolls made from frozen rolls recipes

After testing out “baking” frozen dinner rolls in the air fryer, I added the directions into the Rosemary Garlic Rolls recipe below.

You’ll appreciate how convenient being able to make rolls in the air fryer is!

Get the recipe for the the best dinner rolls below!

Reheat Dinner Rolls

It isn’t very often that we have leftover rolls. But, one of my favorite ways to use up leftover rolls is to make sliders with them. And, sliders are to easy to make! Simply reheat dinner rolls, add leftover turkey, ham, salami, or hamburgers for an easy meal.

With these simple directions, your rolls will taste just like freshly baked rolls. 

  • Reheat dinner rolls in the microwave. Arrange the Garlic Rosemary Rolls in a microwave-safe container. Cover the rolls with a damp, clean paper towel. Then, microwave until just warmed through in 15 second increments, up to 45 seconds. Do not overheat the rolls or they will turn tough and chewy as they cool.
  • Use the oven to reheat dinner rolls. Cover an oven safe container tightly with foil and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 to 10 minutes.
  • Reheat rolls in the air fryer. Brush rolls with melted butter. Wrap rolls in foil, and crimp the edges. If your air fryer has a bake mode, select that and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 7 minutes. Or, use on air fryer mode at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-10 minutes. 

Things to Make with Frozen Bread Dough

I love transforming Bridgford’s frozen ready dough and Parkerhouse style rolls into amazing frozen roll recipes. Let me show you things to make with frozen bread dough:

Pictured above, clockwise from the top left: Pumpkin shaped bread bowl, Ham & Brie pull apart, Easy Italian sliders, Tasty pumpkin spice twist, Overnight French toast casserole.

As many of you know, I rely on Bridgford Food’s Ready-Dough and Parkerhouse style rolls throughout the year. Their products always deliver the absolutely best results. Bridgford does the prep, with quality non-GMO ingredients, so you don’t have to. 

So, let’s get making another great recipe with Bridgford frozen dough!

Rosemary Garlic Rolls Recipe

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Rosemary Garlic Rolls

These super soft, rich and buttery rolls are sure to be the star of dinner. Rosemary, garlic, and butter are brushed on the rolls to create a rich savory roll. With one bite, everyone will love these yummy Rosemary Garlic rolls. You can easily double this recipe.
Course Appetizer, Bread, Dinner, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, Appetizers, baking, Breads, Dinner, fall recipes, frozen dough, yeast rolls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising Time. See notes for thawing frozen dough (not included in prep time) 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 190kcal

Equipment

  • skillet, casserole, or cake pan
  • pastry brush or basting brush

Ingredients

  • 12 frozen dinner rolls (1/2 bag)
  • 3 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp fresh rosemary, minced (can substitute with 2 tsp dried rosemary)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder or paste
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions

  • Spray a 9" round oven safe skillet or casserole dish or 9" square casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Evenly space the frozen Parkerhouse rolls about 1" apart. Follow directions on Bridgford Parkerhouse rolls for thawing rolls or see notes for how to "defrost frozen dough."
  • Cover rolls with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap sprayed with non-stick cooking oil. Let rise until doubled in size, about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Mix melted butter, rosemary, garlic, and salt together in a small bowl. Brush onto the tops of the rolls until the rolls are well coated with butter mixture.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until rolls are golden on top. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Air Fryer Rolls

  • Preheat air fryer according to manufacturer's directions. Use a baking pan that allows about 2" of space on all sides of air fryer so that hot air can circulate. If your air fryer has a baking mode, use that set at 350º and bake for 10-12 minutes, until rolls are golden on top. To "bake" on air fryer mode, set to 325º and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until rolls are golden on top.

Notes

Defrost Frozen Dough:
There are two ways to easily thaw frozen dough:
  1. Defrost frozen dough rolls effortlessly in the refrigerator overnight. Place the frozen rolls on an oil sprayed casserole dish or sheet pan. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking oil on the side facing the dough. Don’t skip this last step, otherwise you’ll wind up with a sticky mess. Let defrost in the refrigerator overnight, or for 8 – 10 hours.
  2. For a quicker, but just as easy method, defrost the frozen rolls on your counter at room temperature. Place the frozen rolls in an oil sprayed casserole dish or sheet pan. Cover with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with cooking oil on the side facing the dough. Don’t skip this last step, otherwise you’ll wind up with a sticky mess. Let defrost for 1-2 hours. The rolls should still be cold.

Nutrition

Serving: 2rolls | Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1.5g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 1mg

Look for Bridgford Ready-Dough, Parkerhouse Style Rolls, and Monkey Bread at your local grocery store and Wal-Mart locations. 

Get your discount coupon for Bridgford’s frozen dough or get more frozen roll recipes at Bridgford. Find Bridgford Frozen Bread & Rolls at a retailer near you.

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This post was sponsored by Bridgford Foods. All views are my own and based on my own personal experience using Bridgford’s products. 

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