How to Make Store Bought Dinner Rolls Better

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We all know that store-bought dinner rolls can be convenient, but sometimes they just don’t taste as good as homemade rolls. Don’t worry; with a few simple tricks, you can easily revamp those store-bought dinner rolls into something mouth-watering and delicious.

How to Make Store-Bought Dinner Rolls Better

Choose the Right Brand

When it comes to store-bought dinner rolls, the taste and quality can vary greatly between different brands. Factors to consider include:

  • Fluffiness: A good roll should have a light and airy texture.
  • Flavor: Some rolls might have a sweeter taste, while others are more savory.
  • Ingredients: Look for rolls made with high-quality, natural ingredients.

Butter Them Up

Enhancing the taste of store-bought rolls can be as simple as adding some butter. Here are some easy ideas you can try:

  • Buttering: Spread a thin layer of softened butter on the rolls before reheating them.
  • Garlic butter: Combine softened butter, minced garlic, and a pinch of salt. Spread it on the rolls before reheating, or serve the garlic butter on the side for dipping.


Enhance the Aroma with Herbs and Spices

Incorporating herbs and spices can greatly improve the aroma of your dinner rolls. Try experimenting with some of the following herbs and spices to find a combination that complements your meal:

  • Parsley: Sprinkle chopped fresh parsley over the rolls to add a refreshing and uplifting aroma.
  • Garlic: Mince or press a garlic clove, and lightly brush the rolls with garlic-infused butter or oil.
  • Rosemary: Gently crush fresh rosemary leaves and mix them into softened butter to spread onto the rolls.
  • Thyme: Sprinkle a pinch of dried thyme over the rolls before baking for a subtle, earthy aroma.


Oven Toast

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Toasting store-bought dinner rolls is a great way to enhance their aroma and texture. Here are a couple of oven-toasting techniques for you to try:

  • Brush with butter: Generously brush softened butter on your dinner rolls, making sure to coat all sides. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 5-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Wrap in foil: Wrap your dinner rolls in aluminum foil with a few sprigs of your chosen herbs to infuse the scent as they warm up. Bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes for a soft and fragrant result.

Use Creative Fillings

One easy way to transform your store-bought dinner rolls is by adding creative fillings. You can either stuff them before baking or slice them open after they’re done to add your favorite ingredients. For savory options, try adding:

  • Chopped garlic and melted butter
  • Slices of ham and cheese
  • Softened cream cheese mixed with chives or other herbs
  • Pesto

If you’re craving something sweet, consider these fillings:

  • A teaspoon of your favorite fruit jam
  • Nutella or other chocolate-hazelnut spread
  • Cinnamon sugar and raisins
  • Apple pie filling


Rolls for Different Meals

Dinner rolls can be a versatile side dish for various meals, and you can easily customize them to fit any menu. Here are a few ideas for themed dinners:

Meal Theme Dinner Roll Idea
Italian Night Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning
Indian Dinner Spread with ghee and sprinkle with cumin seeds
Mexican Fiesta Top with melted butter, lime zest, and a dash of chili powder


Storing and Reheating Dinner Rolls

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Proper Storage Methods

To keep your dinner rolls fresh, follow these storage methods:

  • Room temperature: Store the rolls in a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container. You can keep them this way for up to 2 days.
  • Refrigerate: If you need to store the rolls for 3-5 days, place them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Be sure to let them reach room temperature before reheating.
  • Freeze: For longer storage, freeze the rolls by wrapping them individually in plastic wrap and putting them in a resealable plastic bag. They can last up to two months in the freezer.


Reheating for Best Results

Reheating dinner rolls correctly can make a big difference in the taste and texture. Follow these steps for optimal reheating:

  • Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Unwrap the rolls and place them on a baking sheet. If they were frozen, let them thaw for 15-20 minutes before placing them in the oven. Bake for about 10 minutes or until they are warmed through and have a slightly crispy exterior.
  • Microwave: For a quicker method, you can use the microwave. Place a few rolls on a microwave-safe plate and cover them with a slightly damp paper towel. Microwave for 20-30 seconds on high or until warmed through.

Remember, always reheat only the amount of rolls you plan to consume, as reheating multiple times can affect the texture and taste.



How to make garlic rolls

To make simple garlic rolls, follow these steps:

  1. Cut your store-bought dinner rolls in half, but not all the way through.
  2. In a small bowl, mix softened butter with minced garlic.
  3. Spread the garlic butter mixture on the inside of each roll.
  4. Wrap each roll in aluminum foil and bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes.


How to soften store-bought dinner rolls

To soften store-bought dinner rolls, try this quick and easy steam technique:

  1. Place the rolls on a microwave-safe plate and cover them with a damp paper towel.
  2. Microwave for 20-30 seconds or until they reach your desired level of softness.
  3. Serve warm and enjoy their soft, fresh-from-the-oven texture!

Written by Laurie Graves

Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.