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Use these Italian herb pull aparts as dinner rolls or an appetizer.
Easy Italian Herb Pull-Apart
This is one of the easiest bread recipes you’ll ever make.
The reason for that is you don’t make the bread dough; that’s left up to the factory. Yep, it uses frozen bread dough or better yet dinner rolls. You can use either here, but the frozen dough rolls are recommended since a loaf would make far too many. Of course, if you’re having a party and need more then I’d go with the loaf of bread dough.
This is a versatile recipe–not only is it easy but it’s tasty and can be used as fancy dinner rolls or a buffet appetizer.
A Freezer Staple
One thing I always have in my freezer is a loaf of frozen bread dough and a bag of frozen uncooked dinner rolls.
If you’re short on freezer space then I suggest having the loaf rather than the rolls on ice. You can always make rolls out of the loaf. By the same token, you can make a loaf out of the rolls, but it’s more labor intensive that way. And one thing I’m into now is eliminating what I can that is labor intensive.
If you’re using a defrosted loaf for these pull-aparts, then cut off pieces that are a little less than an inch. Remember they rise so they will double in bulk. You don’t have to be exact here because a little difference in size and shape makes these pull-aparts more rustic.
Make It Fancy
Making these rolls more interesting is relatively simple. Just insert a small cube of mozzarella cheese in the center of each bit of dough.
A local restaurant in my area does just that and serves them as an appetizer with a dish of marinara for dipping.
Italian Herb Pull Apart
- 24 oz frozen unbaked dinner rolls thawed about 10 rolls
- 4 oz butter melted
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1 tbs parsley
- 2 tbs cornmeal or semolina
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- Spray a 9 x 9-inch square pan (for EU the best approximation is a 2L square dish) with non-stick spray.
- Mix the herb blend ingredients in a small bowl.
- Cut thawed rolls in quarters, coat each quarter with melted butter and roll in the herb blend. Place in prepared pan in a single layer--if they touch it's ok.
- Cover pan with plastic wrap sprayed with non--stick spray and let rise in a warm draft-free place until double, about 1 hour.
- When rolls are almost double, preheat oven to 350F/180C.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Bread is done when internal temperature is 190F/88C