Carb lover for life.
That is the phrase I am putting on my next custom T-shirt. It describes me perfectly and is a quick explanation to anyone I come into contact with on a regular basis that might be on this diet or that diet, that may or may not allow daily enjoyment of carbs.
You know, so that they can go ahead and pass me all the rolls, bread and pasta they can’t eat. And I’ll happily take it off their hands!
If you would like to join the “carb lovers for life” fan club, then your first mandatory obligation is to serve carbs in some form or fashion with every meal.
Starting with these olive rolls…
I love sitting down to dinner with good company and a good meal; and nothing completes a good dinner like some warm, fresh-from-the-oven, slathered-with-butter rolls.
Today, I am participating in Kitchen PLAY’s Progressive Dinner Party sponsored by Lindsay Olives. Who doesn’t love dinner parties, especially ones that include an amuse bouche, bread, salad, appetizer and entrée!?! With each recipe highlighting olives as a key ingredient.
Olives are a popular fruit (yes, a fruit!) that are enjoyed around the world. Olives are full of antioxidants and can be found in an array of styles and varieties. So go ahead, eat up!
I’m contributing the bread (if you couldn’t tell by my previous ramblings) with four other talented bloggers featuring the other dishes. And guess what? You can participate too!
If you have a great recipe that features olives, it could be the sixth recipe as part of our progressive dinner party. The sixth recipe, a ‘wild card’ recipe of your choice, submitted by you, is eligible to be entered into a chance to win $200! Head over to this EventBrite page to request a coupon or product from Lindsay Olives. Then once you create your recipe, visit Kitchen PLAY to submit your recipe. For additional guidelines and information visit Kitchen PLAY.
Ok, I know you are dying to see these rolls!
I usually always have a can of olives (and yes even before this event, they are normally the Lindsay brand) in my pantry to throw into pasta salads, drinks, and when October rolls around, in meatballs to form scary edible eyeballs! But this time I decided to add them to some dinner rolls!
These Olive Herb Rolls, are the perfect accompaniment to any dinner. They are dense, yet soft and chewy, hearty and packed with tons of olives which means lots of flavor! I love these rolls, and they are a great way to change up your normal dinner roll routine!
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water, (105 – 110 degrees)
½ tablespoon sugar
3 ½ – 4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup assorted chopped Lindsay Olives (Greek Kalamata Olives, Black Ripe Olives, Spanish Queen Olives)
In a small bowl, combine ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, salt and herbs; set aside.
Meanwhile, pour yeast, sugar and warm water (105 – 110 degrees) into a bowl of a stand mixer. Stir water until yeast is dissolved. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Using the paddle attachment of a stand mixer, add in flour 1 cup at a time, mixing on medium speed. Continue to mix and add in flour until a soft dough begins to form (you may not need all the flour). Add in herb oil and chopped olives. Using a dough hook, knead bread for 2-3 minutes (if kneading by hand, knead for 5-8 minutes), or until dough forms into a soft round ball and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Cover bowl with a damp towel and place in a warm, draft free place. Let dough rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Once dough has doubled in size, place dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently flatten dough and divide into approximately 12 even pieces. Shape each piece of dough into a ball and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray. Cover rolls with plastic wrap and let rise for an additional 40-50 minutes.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove plastic wrap. Brush the top of each roll with remaining olive oil. Bake rolls in preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Best served warm.