These are soft and tender rolls that go well with any meal. Pretty easy and not a lot of rising time. They are based on the 40 minute hamburger buns from Taste of Home Best of Country Breads, which I use all of the time for all kinds of breads, its so quick and dependable. These rolls are great just to snack on too. Use whatever combination of herbs that you have on hand or if you have a sweet tooth, use butter, cinnamon and brown sugar. I sometimes double the recipe and make half of the dough into sweet rolls and the other half in herb rolls. They are sure to disappear in a hurry!
Parmesan Herb Rolls
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water (110-115 degrees)
2 tablespoons yeast
¼ cup sugar
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
3 to 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ cup parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 teaspoons fresh ground pepper
¼ cup butter, melted
In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add oil and sugar; let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt, and enough flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 3-5 minutes. Let dough rest for about 10 minutes, this will let it relax and it will be easier to roll out. On a lightly floured surface roll dough into a rectangle about ¼" thick. Pour olive oil over dough and spread around until it is all coated; I just use my hands to spread it around. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, herbs and pepper. Starting on one long side, roll up , pinching the seam together to seal. Slice into ½" rolls and place on a greased or lined baking sheet. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Brush with melted butter and serve warm or at room temperature.