Today, I’m bringing you some absolutely delicious potato cheese rolls, friends. My friends at the Idaho Potato Commission are sponsoring this post, so I added some of their Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes right into the dough to make some of the tastiest cheese buns ever.
This is a very easy roll recipe, and since yeast loves potatoes so much, the rolls rise quickly and have a ton of flavor. Let’s get to it, shall we?
You may also enjoy my potato sandwich bread and soft sandwich rolls, both of which are made with Idaho® potatoes.
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Varying the Flavor with Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes
I am generally the girl who wants to make everything from scratch, including my mashed potatoes.
I’ve made other dinner rolls using Idaho® Russet potatoes, cooked and mashed, in the recipe. You can see how that works in my garlic Parmesan dinner roll recipe and garlic chive potato rolls.
This is the first time I’ve developed a recipe using “instant” mashed potatoes, and let me tell you, it won’t be the last.
One of the cool things about the different flavors is that you can use any flavor to make your rolls.
So if you use four cheese kind, you can add additional cheese and maybe some cayenne to make extra cheesy rolls.
And if you make these rolls with the Bacon and Cheddar Chipotle kind, you can sub in pepper jack for the cheddar and add a touch of chipotle powder.
Make the rolls your own by switching up the flavor of Idahoan® mashed potatoes you use. Easy!
FUN FACT: Idahoan® Loaded Baked Potato Mashed Potatoes was one of the Idahoan mashed potatoes products that was voted Product of the Year for 2019 in the Consumer Survey of Product Innovation. Well deserved!
How to use Instant Potatoes in rolls
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This is a very easy dough to make, and your mixer will do all the work. Since it’s not a very large batch of dough, you’ll be fine with a 4.5 qt or 5 qt mixer. For reference, I have a 6 qt mixer and you can see how much room is left in the bowl.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Any flavor of Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes. 2 caveats here: you want the Russet kind, not the Red-Skinned kind. And I’d make sure the flavor already has cheese in it just to up the cheese factor. Otherwise, the choice is yours
- whole milk
- sharp cheddar cheese (or whatever cheese will go best with your flavor of mashed potatoes)
- all purpose flour (I use King Arthur)
- instant yeast
- Pour the Idahoan potatoes into your mixer bowl
- Add hot milk and melted butter and stir
- Add egg and salt and whisk well
- Pour the grated cheese on top of the mashed potatoes followed by the flour and then the yeast
- Mix and knead until dough is soft, shiny, and stretchy
- Let rise, punch down, shape the rolls
- Let the rolls rise again
- Brush with butter
- Let cool to warm
- Put in face
Do you have to rehydrate the potatoes before making the rolls?
Yes, but you rehydrate them as part of the process of making the bread.
Then, all you have to do is add the flour and yeast and mix and knead with the dough hook. It’s very easy, and you don’t have to plan ahead!
This dough is really lovely to work with. It’s soft and stretchy, but not really sticky.
Once your dough rises the first time, press out all the gases, turn it out, and then divide it into 18 pieces. I actually use my scale to weigh the entire amount of dough and then divide by 18 (or the number of rolls I want, depending on how large I want them to be).
A note about portioning the dough
My dough turned out to weigh just over 43 oz, so I scaled each of my rolls at about 2.4 oz which is a really nice size for a dinner roll.
If you scale your dough at 4 oz and place them farther apart on baking sheets, you can make burger buns with this recipe. Or you can make mini rolls by scaling each at about 1.5 oz.
They’re your rolls, so you make them how you want them!
Here’s what the rolls will look like at different stages so you’ll know when they’re ready to bake and ready to come out of the oven:
You’ll notice in the first photo that the rolls touch each other in each row, but the columns don’t touch.
Making them a cozy place to rise
Then they spend about 45 minutes, covered, in the cozy microwave.
I make it nice and cozy in there by boiling a mug of water for 3 minutes, then moving it–carefully!–to the side and sliding in the tray of rolls. Once I close the oven door, it stays nice and moist and warm for quite some time.
The third photo shows the buns after they’ve risen. See how they now all look more oval than round? The columns still might not be quite touching, but once they look like this, you’re good to go.
The last photo shows how much they continue to rise in the oven. No space at all between any of the rolls, making them truly pull apart rolls. Nice!
A note about browning
I will note that these cheese buns don’t brown quite as deeply as some other breads and rolls I’ve made, and that’s because I didn’t add any sugar to the dough.
I’d normally add sugar to give the yeast something to nibble on, but yeast really loves potatoes and is quite happy to nosh on that without the need for extra sugar.
If you want slightly browner rolls, feel free to add 2 Tablespoons of sugar to the dough along with the potatoes. Otherwise, you’re (mostly) done.
As a finishing touch, I brush the tops of the rolls with butter right when they come out of the oven. The little specks you see on them are little crystals of smoked salt which I added just because I could. You can if you want to as well, but it is completely optional.
What To Serve with Your Homemade Rolls
Honestly, these guys are really good all on their own. But I wouldn’t say no to serving them alongside some chili for dunking.
And they’d be an especially nice accompaniment to tomato soup, too.
And, if you want to revel in carby goodness, serve them with my creamy pasta sauce. Now that’s a match made in heaven!
Okay, let’s bake some of these guys
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A Note About Measurements
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Easy Cheese Rolls Recipe
These easy cheese rolls are made light and flavorful with the addition of 1/2 cup of Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes. I used the Loaded Baked Potato flavor, but you can use any flavor you'd like. Cheese buns are very easy to make, rise relatively quickly (so they aren't a huge time commitment), and your family will absolutely love them. And thanks to the potatoes, they stay fresh for several days. Nice!
- 13.5 oz (about 1 2/3 cup) whole milk
- 2 oz (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
- 2.5 oz (about ½ cup) Idahoan® Loaded Baked Mashed Potatoes (or your favorite flavor)
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (for best results, shred your own cheese)
- 20 oz (about 4-4 ½ cups) all purpose flour (I used King Arthur)
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast
- 1.5 oz (3 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
- Put the milk and butter in a microwave safe measuring cup and heat until the butter has
melted and the milk is hot but not boiling, about 1 minute. Stir well to make sure all the
- Pour the dry Idahoan® Mashed Potatoes into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the
- Add the milk/butter mixture, the egg, and the salt.
- Whisk or stir well to combine. Mixture will be very soupy.
- Add the shredded cheese to the bowl and top with all the flour.
- Spoon the yeast on top.
- Mix on low speed until a shaggy dough forms.
- Increase speed to medium and knead for 7-8 minutes, until the dough is smooth and
shiny and very extensible.
- Shape the dough into a ball and place it back into the mixer bowl.
- Spray the exposed surface of the dough with pan spray or brush with neutral oil.
- Cover the dough with a lint-free kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 ½
hours until doubled in bulk.
- Press the gases out of the dough and then turn it out onto a clean work surface.
- Portion the dough into 18 equal balls. If you have a scale, they should each weigh
between 2.4-2.5 oz apiece.
- Press each scaled piece of dough into a disc and then gather up all the edges into the
center, making a small ball. Place the ball, smooth side up, on the work surface and cup your
hands around it, pushing it around in small circles on the counter and using that friction
to tighten up the outside and make them nice and smooth. This will help the crumb to be more uniform and help them to rise more evenly.
- Place the shaped rolls into a sprayed 9”x 13” pan in 3 rows of 6. The rolls in each row will
touch but each “column” of rolls may not. That’s okay.
- Spray the rolls with pan spray, cover with a lint-free kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm
place until almost doubled in bulk again, about 45 minutes to an hour. After about 30
minutes, preheat the oven to 350F.
- Bake the rolls for 25-35 minutes, until the rolls are lightly golden brown on the tops and
the internal temperature reaches 195-200F. Since there is no added sugar in this recipe, the rolls will not brown as deeply as rolls with additional sugars in the dough.
- Remove the pan of rolls from the oven and immediately brush the tops with the melted
- Allow the rolls to cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then use a spatula to help you slide
them out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Reheat to serve, either wrapped in foil in the oven for 10-15 minutes at 350F or for a few
seconds in the microwave.
- Store rolls at room temperature, covered, for 3 days.
- For longer storage, place in zip top freezer bags and press out as much air as you can
before sealing and freezing.
Kneading, Rising, and Shaping
To Spread the Work Over Two Days
You can break up the work over 2 days if you like. After you knead the dough and then shape it into a smooth ball, you can put it in the fridge overnight.
The next day, scale out the dough into 18 rolls, pan them up and let them rise until almost doubled. It will most likely take a bit longer since they'll be cold from the fridge, so plan on maybe 2 hours before baking.
You could also let the dough rise the first time, press out the gases, shape and pan the rolls and then refrigerate them, taking them out of the fridge about an hour before baking.
To Store the Rolls
Thanks to the potatoes, the rolls will stay nice and soft at room temperature for 3 days or so. I keep them in a plastic
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Nutrition InformationYield 18 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 206Total Fat 8.2gSaturated Fat 4.7gTrans Fat 0gCholesterol 31mgSodium 212mgCarbohydrates 26.3gFiber 0.9gSugar 1.3gProtein 6.3g
The stated nutritional information is provided as a courtesy. It is calculated through third party software and is intended as a guideline only.
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And there you have it friends. Really good and easy to make potato cheese rolls made with instant mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
Thanks for spending some time with me today, and thank you to the Idaho Potato Commission for sponsoring my work.
Have a lovely day.
What Others Are Saying...
OMG! These have such a short ingredient list and look so beautiful. You are such a brilliant baker. The color on these are stunning and they are so easy to make. Going on rotation in our house!
Jennifer Field says
Oh, thanks, Beth! I am going to make them in all the flavors. You should too! ❤️
I love these Jenni! Being a native Pacific Northwesterner I heart all things that remind me of home, and will make these soon! Thanks for the great recipe <3
Jennifer Field says
Aw, thanks, Angela! I really hope you enjoy them! Stay safe. xo
I’ve heard yeast adores potato, but I’ve yet to use it in a bread recipe. Gotta tell you Jenni, these rolls look dreamy and I’m loving the brush of butter on top with crystals of smoked salt. Lip-smacking goodness!
Jennifer Field says
You seriously must try it. “Real” potato or dehydrated–the dough is joyful!
Jenni! I have never heard of nor thought it possible for instant mashed potatoes to be included in a recipe so you have pretty much opened a vault of ideas for me!
Jennifer Field says
Yay! Yes, once you start thinking about the possibilities, things really open up, Kari! Thank you so much for stopping in, and I hope you give adding instant mashed potatoes to bread a go! 🙂
GREAT RECIPE!!I am a bread making addict and made this today, in a word “fantastic” soft fluffy sweet inside savoury top a real tear and share winner. Thankyou <3
Jennifer Field says
I’m thrilled you enjoyed it! Yay! Thanks so much for letting me know!
Can you make these without the cheese? Would you substitute something else
Jennifer Field says
You can substitute a “non-cheesy” potato flavor and then just leave out the cheese and you should be fine. Or you could use my recipe for soft potato buns instead: https://pastrychefonline.com/soft-sandwich-buns-idaho-potatoes/ These are made with mashed potato rather than instant potatoes. Enjoy, and Happy Easter!