Monday, December 1, 2008

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Dinner Rolls

It's not often that toilet paper is discussed on food blogs, but there's just something that's been perplexing me for awhile now. Does anyone else feel like toilet paper is the new gas? Well, OK that sounds funny. But with gas prices falling, I don't feel like crawling into a hole and quietly mumbling nonsense to myself every time I see the dreaded gas light taunt me. Unlike curbing my car for unnecessary trips, there's just no getting around needing to buy toilet paper for the house. Uh, and it's really expensive when you think about what you're getting for your money. People talk about conserving gas all the time but why has no one mentioned conserving toilet paper?


Sweet Potato Buttermilk RollsWell, in the spirit of penny pinching and today's earth shattering confirmation of our recession, here's a great way to use up all those leftover sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving's sweet potato pie. I found this fabulous recipe on Nicole's Pinch My Salt, an equally fabulous blog full of mouth watering goods.

These Sweet Potato Buttermilk Rolls are gorgeously colorful, fluffy and (believe me) easy to make. Oh, and they're delicious too. What more could you want from your carbs??

Nutrition, of course. Packed with sweet potato's vitamin A, you've got yourself a healthy carb to feel good about & enjoy with all that turkey haunting your refrigerator.

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Rolls
The rolls keep pretty well, and we have been making turkey sammies daily since Thanksgiving. Since Nicole does such a wonderful job with the recipe and is so kind and talented to provide step by step photos, I'll just send you over to her for my new favorite bread recipe. I almost didn't change a thing, but decided to add a little more sugar than 1/4 cup.

After allowing to rest for a mere hour, the dough easily doubles. Make sure it's ready by poking two fingers and making sure the indentation doesn't go anywhere (tip courtesy of Nicole).

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Rolls
Shape into an a round ball and cut dough into equal portions. Roll into cute balls.

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Roll DoughSprinkle with flour and bake until golden brown!

Sweet Potato Buttermilk Roll Dough
The rolls keep pretty well but taste amazing when popped into the toaster oven for a few minutes. For anyone still tentative on baking with yeast, I used the sometimes hard to find SAF Perfect Rise yeast. It doesn't require proofing and has never failed me. I can sometimes find it at Trader Joe's though they'll have it one day and the next they won't!

For more tasty bread inspirations, visit Yeastspotting!

42 comments:

Lisa said...

Love how they look so fluffy. You are right about toilet paper. It is so expensive but can you imagine not having any? :)

noble pig said...

You know I always buy my TP at Costco, it's $17.99 for 36 rolls I think...so $.50 a roll...unless there are only 24 rolls in the pack so that would be $.75 a roll...is that a lot? I've never thought about it?

But your rolls look fabulous, I love the color!

MrOrph said...

You know, I haven't noticed the change in TP pricing. I have a brand that I am loyal to so we just buy it sight unseen from Sam's club.

What a great idea for using up the leftover sweet potatoes. We didn't have any leftover this year though. I made the coconut, macademia nut smashed found at Heidi's site and there was nothing left!

VeggieGirl said...

Haha!! So funny about the TP discussion ;-)

SWEET POTATOES!!! Love them. Fun idea, putting them in rolls!!

Zesty Cook said...

WOW - Great looking rolls. These look amazing

Bunny said...

Your right about the TP, we buy it in large packs, we have kids so we HAVE to. LOL! I love these rolls! And I love that you made turkey sandwiches with them, I'm bookmarking these for Christmas, I think ham ( my hubby wants ham for Christmas) sandwiches on sweet potato rolls would be very very good!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Too funny about the TP, I hadn't notice the price change too much. Your dinner rolls look and sound fabulous

Maria said...

Oh I want to try these! They look divine! Nice work!

kat said...

Oh, those look so good. I have a bunch os sweet potatoes in the house so I'll have to try them

Mary said...

I think this is very nice dish! Need to try it!

Pam said...

Beautiful! I could live off of fresh bread or rolls and butter. These look terrific - love the color.

I always buy my tp at Costco...never noticed the price because it's something I can't live without.

That Girl said...

I adore sweet potatoes, but somehow I've never used them to make rolls. The idea sounds SO good though!

ttfn300 said...

these look simply fabulous!! and i never thought about toilet paper. next time i'll wipe carefully! lol

The Blonde Duck said...

I HATE how expensive it is! Even when you get the cheap stuff, it's still pricey! I read an article about how grocery prices won't go down even though gas is down b/c the grocers don't want "to upset consumers by raising and lowering prices." How rude!

I love the rolls! Yum!

Laura said...

The sad thing about reading your blog is now I am DYING for fresh dinner rolls, ones that look suspiciously like these, and yet there are none to be had. *sigh* :)

Leslie said...

I will take some of those carbs anyday! Delish rolls!

Leslie said...

Oh and yes..paper product prices seem to be on the rise! Paper towels are crazy expensive!

Esi said...

Toilet paper is expensive, but it must be bought! These rolls are delicious looking and I bet they are wonderful stuffed with turkey.

Snooky doodle said...

these look nice. Nice way of using leftovers :)

Laura said...

Those look fantastic!!

MaryBeth said...

I love sweet potatoes and have never thought of using it in dinner rolls, they look wonderful. They look so light and fluffy.

Scate said...

wish i had some left overs for this recipe! now if only i could turn sweet potatoes into biscotti...

Katrina said...

These rolls look so yummy! I'm a sucker for a really good carb!

tigerfish said...

yum yum...you can make sweet potato filling for your rolls too :)

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

That's funny,my daughter is taking an economics class and we were just talking the other day about how the demand for toilet paper is more inelastic than the demand for gas. Now I have proof :)
Thanks for sending these lovely rolls to YeastSpotting!

Bridgett said...

Ha! I never gave TP a thought since it pretty much is one of those basic needs! I love the rolls and I bet they are even better toasted up.

Emily said...

What a good idea! Those look perfect!

Grace said...

who knew toilet paper could segue into sweet potater rolls? nicely done. :)
and since you brought it up, i feel the need to mention my hatred of one-ply toilet paper. why do they even make the stuff? it's useless, disgusting, and completely frustrating. :)

Joie de vivre said...

Your rolls are so pretty! They fluffed up so nicely!

Dawn said...

well now that you've dubbed it a healthy carb, I'm ready! Yeah, that works perfect for me--any excuse to eat a homeamde roll.

Jenny said...

Wow Sharon, those look so soft and perfect. Great post! There is nothing like a soft homemade roll!

Aggie said...

I am loving some sweet potatoes these days...wow, these rolls look so yummy and soft! I want one now!

Kristen said...

You are so funny :) I'm like Cathy and buy my TP at Costco too, but of course there are a lot more than 2 people in our house. You and hubby would have tp for life that way!

I am glad we have it though.

Milk has been my big thing lately. Since the cost of groceries going up was blamed on gas prices, why aren't grocery prices going down now that gas prices are?

Anyway, on to the food... these look fantastic! Bookmarked to try,

Sharon said...

Wow, everyone! I suppose I should be hitting up Costco or Sam's for the essentials, huh?

Mochachocolata Rita said...

oh gosh, they look so adorable! and yes, I felt the pinch of the toilet paper price hike! :(

daphne said...

they DO look very fluffy! Would have love to bite into it!

Sara said...

These sound great, and they're such a pretty color.

Larissa said...

Man, I wish I had seen this recipe last week when I was trying to get rid of all the sweet potato left overs!

Lori said...

These look great, nice and fluffy!

alexandra's kitchen said...

How resourceful! Love this idea. I unfortunately have zero sweet potatoes on hand. but i do have buttermilk. funny enough, I am totally cleaned out of TP, too, as of late last night!

We Are Never Full said...

not only are the colors fabulous on these but i'm imagining what the taste is like. these are so creative!

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