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Mediterranean Dinner Rolls

Spice Islands®

Mediterranean Dinner Rolls


  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours

32 rolls


1/2 cup warm water (100° to 110°F)

2 envelopes Fleischmann's® Active Dry Yeast

1 tablespoon sugar, divided

2 cups warm milk (100° to 110°F)

1/4 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Thyme

1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Oregano

1/2 teaspoon Spice Islands® Minced Garlic

1/4 teaspoon Spice Islands® Crushed Rosemary

3-1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

2-1/4 to 2-/3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup finely chopped Kalamata olives

1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes


Combine water, yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in a large mixing bowl; let sit 5 minutes for the yeast to foam. Add milk, oil, remaining sugar, salt, thyme, oregano, garlic, rosemary, whole wheat flour, oats and flax. Beat for 2 minutes. Add 1 cup all-purpose flour, olives, cheeses and tomatoes; gradually add enough remaining all-purpose flour to make a soft dough. 

Knead on a lightly floured surface for 6 to 8 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free area for 1-1/2 hours or until double in size.

Divide dough into 32 equal pieces. Roll each into a ball and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise for 30 minutes or until doubled. Bake in a preheated 425°F oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°F and bake for 10 to 15 additional minutes.

Recipe Note:  if desired, brush risen rolls with water and sprinkle with additional Parmesan cheese or thyme.

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