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How To Dress Up Dinner Rolls

June 21, 2010

We’ve all been there. 15 people?! That means 15 dinner rolls…. Oh wait! They only come in packs of 90. Maybe the guests will be really hungry?

At many events we go to, the hosts talk about how they bought way to much bread or rolls. It just doesn’t seem to be in high demand. But, you need to supply rolls which leaves you in a catch 22. Buy too many rolls and have too many leftovers? Buy less rolls and risk running out?

Sometimes all it takes to entice guests to take bread or rolls is a little bit of “dressing up.” There are so many combinations, it’s easy and quick.



Step 1:

Buy one roll for each anticipated guest. It’s okay. Please buy a good quality bakery roll.


Step 2:

Slice the rolls. You will also need a dish of olive oil (extra virgin if possible) and a pastry brush.


Step 3:

Mix up your dippers. Crushed fennel seed and sea salt? Rosemary and black pepper? Your choice! Put the herb/salt or spice combination in a plate.


Step 4:

Brush, dip, and serve!


  • Fresh chopped parsley and garlic powder
  • Sesame seeds and dried onion
  • Rosemary and sea salt (Or kosher salt. Call it sea salt. Technically you’re right.)
  • Warm honey instead of oil, dip in poppy seeds + dried, crushed lavender
  • Crushed coriander and white pepper
  • Crushed fennel and sea salt
  • Chives and coarse black pepper
  • Butter instead of oil, toasted Panko bread crumbs, and Old Bay seasoning


What would your favorite combination be?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2010 11:09 pm

    Give me butter and I am a happy girl 🙂

  2. June 21, 2010 11:40 pm

    Brush, dip, serve! Wow, it sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing.

  3. June 21, 2010 11:48 pm

    Such a great idea, Mae! I actually thought you made the rolls yourself. The crushed lavender c and honey combination is calling my name!

  4. June 22, 2010 2:53 am

    If I had been part of your graduating class, of alllllll the grad party invites I would have received, I would have been the MOST excited to attend yours (not only because you are awesome but) because your party would have the B E S T food. No question. And it looks as though I was right! What a feast! Did yall do that all yourselves or did you order some in?

    • June 22, 2010 3:00 am

      We cooked it all ourselves… and worked our buts off!

  5. June 22, 2010 3:45 am

    Hey, I’m just getting to your weekend posts now but…that party was amazing as I knew it would be. I’m thinking of trying to replicate the watermelon fruit basket for our cookout on Saturday…we’ll see if it’s achievable for us. 🙂 Your vegetables looked just phenomenal (sp?) as did the shells and fruit. About dinner rolls…I usually pass, anticipating that there will be more exciting and unique items in the buffet line. I would like a warm, crusty roll spread with a little butter (or olive oil) and garlic. Ohh, and I think I finally have the ingredients together to try and make your Cacao Bliss. Yess

  6. June 22, 2010 4:55 am

    This is such a great idea- totally using it for my dad’s birthday dinner on Friday! Thanks for sharing!!

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