Sweet Potato Rolls are the perfect dinner rolls for Thanksgiving! They’re fluffy, soft, and made from scratch with sweet potatoes. While making homemade bread requires a little bit of patience, these rolls are really easy to whip up and well worth the effort!
What’s in this Sweet Potato Rolls Recipe
Sweet potato adds just a hint of sweetness to this bread that creates an amazing flavor.
- Sweet Potatoes: You’ll need 1-2 medium-sized sweet potatoes to get the 3 cups needed for the recipe. Peel, and dice or cube so that they’re easy to boil and mash.
- Butter: Unsalted butter is best. Let it sit on the counter to adjust to room temperature prior to using.
- Milk: This will also need to adjust to room temperature with the butter.
- Egg: Plan on leaving this on the counter with the milk and butter as it also needs to be room temperature!
- Salt: Just a little bit is used to help with the structure of the bread.
- Water: It needs to be warmed to 105-110°F.
- Sugar: Granulated white sugar is used to enhance the natural flavor of the sweet potatoes.
- Active Dry Yeast: This recipe uses active yeast, which means it needs to be activated before use. But don’t worry, it’s simple and the steps for that are included in the recipe card.
- Bread Flour: I recommend using bread flour for these sweet potato rolls. It creates the perfect texture!
PRO TIP: Don’t add too much flour while kneading. Only add flour if the dough is too sticky.
Can I add fresh herbs to these rolls?
If you like, try mixing rosemary, sage, or thyme into the dough before baking. It will add an herby taste to the sweet potato!
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I recommend sticking to the active dry yeast for best results. But if you are using instant yeast, skip the activation step (step 4 in the recipe card). Just mix in the instant yeast as is in step 5, along with the water and sugar from step 4.
I highly recommend using bread flour. However, you can simply substitute the same amount of all-purpose flour if you need to. It will affect the texture slightly, but it shouldn’t cause any baking issues.
You can let the dough rest in the refrigerator overnight if needed. But you’ll need to let it warm up and come to room temperature before continuing on with the recipe. So let it sit on the counter at least an hour before baking. You can also bake the rolls the day before and just warm them up in the oven to serve.
How to Store
You can store sweet potato dinner rolls in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
How to Freeze
Once cooled to room temperature, transfer the sweet potato rolls to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the fridge prior to reheating and serving.
You can add different ingredients to finish off these sweet potato dinner rolls. Add a dusting of cinnamon, some brown sugar for added sweetness, or mix in garlic to the melted butter before brushing it on top. No matter how you serve them, they’ll be perfect for Thanksgiving!