Fresh warm Onion rolls

World’s best onion rolls! That’s right.  Once you have these you will never go back to anything less.  If only we had a scratch and sniff on this picture!

As we have done for many years now, we are sharing our delicious, tender, fragrant and melt-in-your-mouth onion rolls.  These are the tradition at my holiday table, I hope you like them enough to make them for years to come.


Pan of fresh homemade Onion Rolls

World’s Best 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.  Keep 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.

Best wishes for a lovely Thanksgiving from our home to yours!

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2 Responses to World’s Best Onion Rolls!

  1. Madonna says:

    Your onion rolls look so delicious.

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