Onion rolls

2013-fall-harvest-dinner_001_thumbWelcome to the Fall Harvest Dinner – a gathering of talented bloggers who have contributed to this memorable meal and beautiful table setting.

We are thrilled to be a part of this and invite you to take a look at all the wonderful creations. There is much to feast your eyes and appetites on! Link Here to see for yourself!

Before you go you must check out our wonderful onion rolls! 


World’s Best Onions Rolls

To say that we both adore bread would be a giant understatement!  Left unchecked, we could easily gobble it all up.

Nothing is better than fresh, savory, homemade rolls. This recipe is so easy (no kneading the dough!) that once you make it you are likely to repeat it weekly, especially with the cooler weather.

This lovely roll is tender and flavorful and your kitchen will be filled with the aroma of browning onions and yeast!


Onion Rolls 3

Our Favorite Onion Rolls

Prep time: 45 minutes
Total time: 3 hours, include the dough rising
Makes: 24 – 30 rolls

3+   tablespoons olive oil
3      medium onions, finely chopped
1/4  cup, plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
Kosher salt
2      packages active dry yeast
2      large eggs, room temperature
6      tablespoons melted butter (room temperature) + extra for pan
6      cups all-purpose flour

  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and 1 teaspoon of the sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt.  Cook stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 15 – 18 minutes.  Add a little more olive oil if needed.  
  • Place 2 cups warm tap water (105 – 115 degrees F) in a large bowl and sprinkle with the yeast, let stand until foamy about 4 – 5 minutes.  Whisk in the eggs, 4 tablespoons of butter, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Add the flour and three-quarters of the onions.  Mix until a sticky dough forms.  If needed mix a little with your hands to pull up the bottom of the dough to the top to ensure the ingredients are incorporated.  Brush the top of the dough with 1 tablespoon of olive oil .  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Butter a baking sheet –  we use a 16 1/2″ x 12″ which holds 5 rolls across and 6 down.   Punch the dough down. With well oiled/buttered hands form into 24 – 30 balls and place in the prepared pan, spacing evenly.  Sprinkle with the remaining onions. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place 30 – 40 minutes until nicely risen and close to doubled.
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Remove plastic wrap and brush with a little melted butter.  Bake until golden brown 18 – 20 minutes. Cool on the pan for a few minutes and then grab a roll, slather with butter and eat!
  • For added yumminess, brush a little melted butter on the top when they are warm.

They remain delicious even when made a day in advance if kept tightly wrapped and at room temperature.  Warm them up in a 375 degree oven for 5 – 10 minutes before serving. Extra rolls do well in the freezer and taste great once thawed – just wrap well or use a freezer bag.

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Enjoy! ~ Sharon and Denise

The Fall Harvest Contributors!

Eileen from The Joy of Caking– Crusted Garlic Parmesan Roasted Chicken
Sandra from Sweet Sensations– Festive Fall Table
Terra from Café Terra– Apple Pie Cocktail with a Twist
Monet from Anecdotes and Applecores– Goat Cheese with Herbs de Provence
Dionne from Try Anything Once Culinary (that’s me!)- Eggplant Caviar
Amy from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes-Roasted Pear Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Jeanne from InsideNanaBread’s Head– Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Pineapple with Almond & Honey Streusel
Denise and Sharon from BeBetsy– Onion Rolls
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake– Pumpkin Challah
Anne From My Sweet Heart– Cinnamon Applesauce Tart


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56 Responses to Fall Harvest Dinner and Our Amazing Onion Rolls

  1. Sandra says:

    I could make a meal on these rolls alone! That buttery sheen is making me drool. Delicious!!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Once you start you will not stop! 🙂 So delish. Thanks for coming by Sandra. Loved your table!
      Warmest best wishes ~ Sharon and Denise

  2. Liz says:

    Oh, my gosh. No knead? Tender? I could eat half the batch in one sitting…they sound spectacular! So nice to meet you and find your lovely blog via this Fall Harvest Dinner!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hello Liz! So nice of you to come by. Your Pumpkin Challah looks so beautiful. The dinner is a nice friend-maker.

      Best wishes ~ Sharon and Denise

  3. Eileen says:

    Sharon & Denise, I love onion rolls and these look super delicious!! I’m thinking when I make a batch I’m going to make them like hamburg buns and use them for pulled pork sandwiches 🙂 Devilish idea isn’t it! Thanks you both so much for helping host our fall harvest dinner. It’s been so much fun working with everyone and the party is beautiful!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hello dear and wonderful friend! D makes turkey and cheese sandwiches with just a little butter and a drizzle of olive oil.
      We love you so much and value our friendship. Great idea! Thanks ~ Sharon and Denise

  4. Oh Sharon and Denise…these rolls are like PILLOWS! I have never seen a roll so fluffy! I adore onion bread in any form. And I imagine these would just melt in my mouth! So happy to have been a guest at Eileen’s wonderful party with you both! : )

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hi Anne! We hope you enjoy them – they are addicting so hide them from the family 🙂 Everything you do is amazing. I have some thick and spicy homemade applesauce that I think will work well for your tart. Excited to try it. All the best ~ Sharon and Denise!

  5. Holy smokes, ladies!
    Is there anything more fabulous than the smell and texture of warm yeast rolls? I’m dying just looking at the photos. I just want to roll around in a big pan of them, and I’m not the least bit ashamed to admit that. I am so glad I met you two through this dinner!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Jeanne, that made us laugh out loud. No shame in rolling around in yeasty, onion rolls…with butter! They are seriously to die for. So glad to know you!! Thanks NanaBread.
      ~Sharon and Denise

  6. Jess says:

    YUM! These look amazing!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway! 🙂

  7. Amy says:

    These look absolutely scrumptious! I seriously could devour the entire pan. The photos are so gorgeous, I can almost smell them baking. What I wouldn’t give to have one (or five) right now with some butter.

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      What nice comments Amy. I always stress over pics but these turned out well. Make them and let us know!
      All the best ~ Sharon and Denise

  8. I am wondering why I have never made Onion Rolls before?! And you have a recipe teasing me here that has no kneading? I think I know what recipe I will be trying this weekend 🙂

  9. Hi Denise, I never made my own homemade rolls before, but your recipe looks so good and I bet these rolls are delicious! These will be great for the holidays coming. Take care and I saw it at tasty tues. party.
    Julie at julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hello Julie. You should try these. The key is to pay attention to the water temperature when you put the yeast in. You get that right and you will be rewarded! Let us know how it goes.

  10. Oh these rolls have me drooling!! Fall harvest recipes sound exciting 🙂

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Thanks Shundara! Check out all those great blogger recipes using the link above. Some great great food!
      Appreciate your nice comments
      ~ Sharon and Densie

  11. Oh my goodness these rolls would be gone in my house without a question. (And that’s just with me around…)

    I bet these would be ideal for little leftover sandwiches too!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hi! Thanks for coming by. So good for little turkey or ham sandwiches or just cheese, a little olive oil and basil or ???? so many possibilities! Glad you like them and share a pic if you make them.

  12. Teresa says:

    These rolls look amazing. Thanks for sharing on All Things Thursday Blog Hop. I’ve pinned them!

  13. Charlene says:

    These look delicious and I’m sure the smell is just as wonderful. 🙂

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Oh they do!! Thanks so much for stopping by with your nice comment. All the best ~ Sharon and Denise

  14. Mindie says:

    Featuring on Friday!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Wow Mindie we are so honored! Thank you oodles for loving our rolls. All the best ~ Sharon and Denise

  15. Terra says:

    It is lovely to meet you, I love that Eileen brought us all together! Since you said best rolls, you totally have my attention! Your rolls look so fluffy and delicious! Gorgeous, Hugs, Terra

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hello Terra! So nice to meet you as well. Eileen is one of our favorite peeps and one of the first bloggers we meet online when we launched our site.
      So glad she has so many nice friends :). Make the rolls, you won’t be sorry. All the best ~ Sharon and Denise

  16. YUM!! You’ve been featured @ Back to the Basics for Tuesdays with a Twist! Come on over and share you latest.

  17. Holy Cats. I could eat the entire pan myself. They look fantastic!

  18. Winnie says:

    Woww Denise these roll look AMAZING !!
    I can almost smell them now 🙂
    I’d eat a roll or two any time any day (with lots of butter)

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hey Winnie! Oh man you have to smell them and eat them to truly appreciate how incredible they are. Do it! ~Thanks for coming by to see us ~ Sharon and D

  19. Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays. I can smell these already. Delicious!! What a great addition to our Thanksgiving feast. They are being featured this week. Thanks, Nichi

  20. Laura says:

    Pinned! I’ve made rolls but not onion rolls, I’m happy to get this recipe!!! I love a great sandwich on an onion roll.

  21. We LOVE rolls and these sound soooo good! Thanks for sharing on Sunday FUNday! I’ll be featuring you at this weekend’s party!

  22. I saw your onion rolls featured at the Sunday FUNday link up … they do look AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the well deserved feature! 😉

  23. It took me a littler longer to get these made than I planned, but they were worth the wait! Love, Love, Love this recipe!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Yay! So glad you loved them. I have made them four times in four weeks! See you soon.

  24. Kathleen says:

    These onion rolls should be named better than sex roll……..omg……….they are so good. I halved the recipe and made 10 large rolls………

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      haha Kathleen That’s so funny…. so happy you enjoyed them, your picture makes me want to make them right now! Thanks for stopping by.

  25. Katherine says:

    oh how I miss eating onions..sigh ( migraine trigger) these looks so divine. I know you shared at the hop last year I hope you will share this year too xox

  26. Jennifer says:

    I made these last year for Thanksgiving and my whole family has been asking for them ever since. I am making them again this year, but I am making the full recipe this time, because there wasn’t enough to go around!

  27. Christine Mele says:

    I remember a friends mom made these…love@ first bite! Can this recipe be made into a bread?

    • HI Christine! It is quite a sticky dough but it may work! I have never tried that but it sounds delicious. If you try the loaf let me know how it works! 🙂 And I’ll do the same. Thank you for stopping by!

  28. Michelle says:

    Just curious if I can make the dough a day or two ahead before baking. I have a Christmas dinner coming up this Saturday and we have to travel a couple hours to get there so would be nice to make the dough Thursday and bake Saturday. Do you know if that’s possible with this recipe?

    • Dear Michelle! I am so sorry I missed this comment. Have been consumed with getting ready for Christmas and have not been on the blog. I am not sure it would work but if you tried it, please let me know. Again, sorry I missed it! Best wishes for a happy Christmas. ~ denise

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