Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving favorites: Parker House Rolls

thanksgiving has been one of my favorite holidays for as far back as i can remember and that is pretty far.   tilly always cooked for thanksgiving...she had a big ritual...(thinking back i don't know how she was able to afford all of the fruits and nuts and the turkey, pies and trimmings)...i remember how she worked in the kitchen for the whole week... i thought it was was the highlight of the year for me to sleep over at gramma's the night before thanksgiving and participate in the process.  there was the grinding of all the disgusting turkey parts with the metal meat grinder bolted to the counter...the peeling of the mini onions....fascinating.   tilly's kitchen was tiny, so we always had thanksgiving on a big folding table in the living room...i  helped set the table and carried out the appetizers and all of the dishes as tilly got them ready to go.  she used cut glass bowls for the cranberry sauce, gherkin pickles and olives....   i cook at home every thanksgiving that i possibly can.  karen makes a few dishes and brit and kelsey also participate ...finding new recipes...making new traditions and keeping some of tilly's.....  those cut glass dishes are on the table every year.. 
tilly in the kitchen on thanksgiving
Parker house rolls recipe after the jump
brit with her parker house rolls                                                              
brit found this recipe in the 2010 Food Network magazine November issue featured by Alex Guarnaschelli.
1 packet of active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup of sugar
7 1/2 to 8 cups of flour, plus more for dusting
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus softened butter for brushing
2 cups whole milk
2 large eggs at room temperature
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling

use the detailed instructions in the link ....these were warm and delicious almost like a lightly salted buttery pretzel....they made fantastic turkey sandwiches for leftovers too...although these rolls disappeared mighty fast...we are definitely making them this year for thanksgiving...woo hoo...go britany fantastic recipe!

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