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Cloverleaf Potato Rolls

WHAT better time to shape rolls into cloverleafs than for the celebration of St. Patrick's Day? I found this recipe in a magazine 40 years ago. These rolls are well received at fellowship dinners and are also popular at home. They are the lightest and tastiest rolls I make. -Beatrice McGrath, Norridgewock, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 1 cup warm 2% milk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup warm mashed potatoes
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add milk, shortening, potatoes, egg, sugar, salt and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down and divide in half. Divide each half into 36 pieces; shape into balls. Place 3 balls each into greased muffin cups. Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Bake at 400° until golden, 12-15 minutes. Remove to wire racks. Serve warm.
Nutrition Facts
1 roll: 116 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • shannondobos
    Mar 20, 2018

    I was searching for a recipe to use some leftover mashed potatoes, and these were perfect! They are a nice size, and definitely light and airy. I like that it makes a couple dozen small rolls, which would make them a perfect roll for a larger crowd at a holiday dinner.

  • Jangirl
    Feb 2, 2010

    I made these and served them with soup to my company. They loved them and asked for the recipe. I would/will make these again!(I made them with left over mashed potatoes)

  • RNstudent
    Dec 24, 2007

    Could instant potatoes be used instead of real mashed potatoes?