Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sour Cream Potato Rolls




Day 156.

We had such a great time today! We took the kids to Fun Fest, a carnival hosted by a local church. Everything was free: rides, games, inflatables, food (Chic Fil A was one sponsor), drinks, sno cones, cotton candy, door prizes, entertainment...everything was free. No catch.

Next, it was off to the National Infantry Museum to visit the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall. We went from fun and uplifting to somber and humbling. The number of names on that wall.... it saddens my heart. If you have a war veteran in your life, hug him. If you know someone who has their name on a memorial wall, please except my sincere sorrow and gratitude for selfless service.

I've lived in western Georgia for exactly a year now, and I've learned that there are plenty of family-friendly free events to keep a family busy and entertained all summer long. As a housewife on an enlisted soldier's salary, I surely appreciate that. Sometimes, the free events are purely fun and entertaining. Sometimes, they're learning opportunities. They are all life-enriching, and they're all free. Who needs theme parks? Be a hometown tourist this summer. You'll reduce your expenses, increase your local awareness, and reduce your carbon footprint in the process. ;)

 
If your local fun involves cook-outs or barbecues, you'll need some bread. Here's a fabulous, simple, tasty recipe to get you started.
 
Sour Cream Potato Rolls

 
What You Need:
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 package (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
  • 6 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • flour for dusting rolls
How it's Done:
  1. Combine warm milk, sugar, and yeast in a mixing bowl. Stir until sugar and yeast are dissolved. Add melted butter and sour cream. 
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Sit in mashed potatoes and salt.
  4. Gradually stir in flour until your dough pulls away from the walls of the bowl.
  5. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead six to eight minutes, until smooth and shiny.
  6. Move dough to a well-greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a  warm place until doubled in size (about an hour).
  7. Punch down the dough. Divide into 10 to 12 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, then roll the ball in flour and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or so, until doubled in size.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes, until the rolls sound hollow when tapped.

3 comments:

Yenta Mary said...

Sigh ... bread, my biggest weakness! Those look sooooo good!!!

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heather said...

those sound awesome!

and i hunt down anything free around here!

Jenn said...

What a great day you guys had! And the rolls....mmmmmmm.. they look and sound fantastic! Now I just need a cooler day so I can bake!!

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