The holidays is a perfect time for rich, buttery recipes that satisfy the taste and texture requirements of traditional holiday dishes and treats. The problem is that it doesn’t take long to accumulate some of that decadent, fatty goodness in almost every recipe. Thanksgiving and Christmas are rarely the time for me to cut back on the ingredient that puts the comfort in most comfort foods, but I have recently discovered a way to accomplish that same great taste in some of my favorite recipes, AND add in some health benefits, with the new butter flavored olive oil from Borges.
Star Butter Flavored Olive Oil is gluten-free and spiked with the rich taste of butter. It can be used to replace butter or margarine in baked goods, on pasta and rice, even in mashed potatoes. It has no cholesterol, carbs, dairy, sodium or trans fats. If you are looking for ways to enjoy your family’s traditional holiday recipes and trim some of the fat or have guests with food allergies to accommodate, without sacrificing richness and taste, Star Butter Flavored Olive Oil may be the perfect solution. Tablespoon for Tablespoon their is only about four cents difference in cost, when I opt for the extra health properties of olive oil over the butter I normally purchase at my local Walmart.
I won’t be switching butter out of ALL my holiday recipes, but I will sure be using Star Butter Flavored Olive Oil in the ones where there is no way anyone will ever taste a bit of difference or in the ones where food allergies may be an issue — like these simple homemade dinner rolls. They are company special, but oh-so-easy to make. Olive oil is perfect in this soft, buttery bread recipe.
- 2½ cup warm (110 degrees) milk
- 5 teaspoons dry yeast
- ½ cup Zulka Morena sugar
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 eggs
- 8 cups flour
- butter to brush tops of rolls, optional
- Begin by dissolving the yeast in the warm milk in the bowl of your stand mixer.
- Add salt, sugar, olive oil and eggs and beat hard until liquid ingredients are combined.
- Be sure your dough hook is attached in your mixer. Add flour and mix until it is completely incorporated into the wet ingredients. This is a high-moisture dough, so it will be very sticky and sort of shaggy looking.
- Continue to let the mixer "knead" the dough for you on medium speed for about 7 minutes. The dough will still be very soft and sticky, but will have pulled together in a smoother, very elastic lump. The sides of the bowl will have been cleaned by the dough as it was kneading.
- Move the dough to a lightly floured counter or a non-stick silicone work surface. I love my silicone mat for this job, since nothing sticks to it and that means not working excess flour into my bread dough.
- The dough still looks pretty rough at this point, but it's elastic and pulled together. Knead it 4 or 5 times to form a smooth ball.
- You can move the dough to a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. I leave it on my silicone workstation and cover it with a large bowl to let it rise. You want it to double in size and depending on the warmth of your home that could take between 30 and 45 minutes.
- Once the dough has doubled in size remove the cover and if it's not already there, return the dough to your work surface. Press it down to push out the air pockets.
- Form the flattened dough into a rectangle and cut it into 24 equal-sized pieces.
- Place the rolls into a well-greased 9x13 cake pan, allowing each to just tough the next. It will fill your pan completely.
- Let the rolls rise until double in size. This will happen much more quickly than the first rise -- probably 10 to 15 minutes.
- Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-45 minutes or until rolls are a deep caramely, brown on top.
- Remove from oven and brush tops with butter, if you desire. Allow to cool in the pan for at least 25 minutes. When ready to serve, simply pull the rolls apart. They will release easily from the pan and each other.
- Serve plain or with butter, jelly and honey -- whatever your family's favorite condiments might be. These rolls are also perfect for Turkey or Ham Sliders!
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So, how do you keep the “holiday” and “comfort” in your family’s favorite dishes and still try to find ways to make some slightly healthier choices? What recipes could YOU substitute Star Butter Flavored Oil in? I’d love for you to share your ideas!