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Mashed Potato Rolls

Mashed potato rolls feel like a real accomplishment when you pull these little pillows of bread out of the oven but they are really not all that complicated. Homemade bread is simple with this easy bread recipe!
Individual Mashed Potato Rolls on a hot pad holder with pan of rolls in the background

Beautiful homemade bread from left over mashed potatoes– yes!

This bread— mashed potato rolls —is a new recipe for me but one that has been well-tested by the Food Network. I incorporated left over mashed potatoes into the dough and the resulting rolls were a success. This potato rolls recipe is good for beginner bread bakers. Give it a try!

A holiday hit

Growing up, we knew it was a special family dinner if we had a tray or two of those darling little rolls made by Pepperidge Farm. Did anyone else always try to eat the last one of the rolls like me? Really they were just a vehicle for butter, plenty of butter. This recipe recreates that type of roll. Perfect for family dinners.

Make these mashed potato rolls for your Easter dinner, use them for sliders at a summer barbeque or serve them as small sandwiches at a baby shower. They are a big hit at my house at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whatever your occasion, these rolls can play a part. I’m sure I’ll find many reasons to make these potato rolls again, let me know how you will use them too!

Find joy in making homemade bread

Through trial and error I am learning that making breads at home is not as intimidating as I once thought. The ingredients are basic and I usually have what’s required in my pantry without needing an extra trip to the store.

Once you have the ingredients you’ll be able to make many bread recipes like homemade brioche rolls, onion-bacon fantans, and Irish Brown Soda Bread.

The hands-on time of making bread is minimal—mix ingredients, knead the dough, then let it rest before continuing translates into 10 minutes in the kitchen, run an errand, and return to your rising dough. While baking bread may span a few hours or even over night, the time you spend actively working with your dough is not overwhelming.

Yield: 24 rolls

Potato Rolls

Homemade potato rolls in a metal pan

Beautiful dinner rolls made easily at home!



  • Please note that my only change from the Food Network recipe is that I had mashed potatoes to start the recipe; their recipe begins with 1 medium potato that is cooked then passed through a potato ricer or food mill.
  • 1 cup of smooth, mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup hot water (115 degrees F)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1/4 ounce package)
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt
  • 4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) at room temperature


  1. Please click through to Food Network to follow their detailed directions.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 roll

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g

This data is provided by Nutritionix and is an estimate only.

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two photos of homemade potato rolls- a dozen in the pan plus a close up of a single roll

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Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies

Friday 29th of March 2013

These turned out beautiful--so perfectly golden brown!


Tuesday 26th of March 2013

What delectable Potato Rolls! A voluptuous treat for Easter!

Holly @

Tuesday 26th of March 2013

I liked your colorful Easter eggs on your site-- enjoy the Easter season!

Justine Sulia

Tuesday 26th of March 2013

We love potato rolls and we can't ever seem to find them in our area, and if we do they are just not so great. Will definitely have to try these out. They look so perfect. Thanks for sharing!

Holly @

Tuesday 26th of March 2013

Hope you enjoy these rolls, Justine, I think the dough would make a nice loaf of potato bread too-- I'll have to try that next time.

Hari Chandana

Tuesday 26th of March 2013

Wowww... Looks super soft and perfect.. thanks for the wonderful recipe.. First time here.. Happy to follow your space :)

Holly @

Tuesday 26th of March 2013

Thanks so much for your comments on a few recipes, I really appreciate it! It's always so nice to meet fellow bloggers.


Tuesday 26th of March 2013

These rolls look delicious, Holly! I will have to try this recipe sometime.

I made some Oatmeal Molasses rolls yesterday. They are fantastic!

Holly @

Tuesday 26th of March 2013

Looking forward to your oatmeal and molasses recipe, Julie! Sounds like something I'd really enjoy.

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