Keep the holidays light with a table full of classic but healthy Christmas meals. Our holiday menu ideas put a healthy spin on favorite Christmas dishes, such as mashed potatoes, roasts, scrumptious breads, and appetizers.
8 - tablespoon (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut in cubes
10 - fresh sage leaves, chopped
3 - tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 - cups well-shaken buttermilk
1 - tablespoon plus 1 tsp. active dry yeast (from two 1/4-oz. envelopes)
1/2 - cup warm water (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
4 1/2 - cups all-purpose flour
2 - teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 - teaspoon baking soda
2 - tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Lightly grease two muffins tins (24 muffin cups); set aside.
In a saucepan combine butter, sage and 2 tablespoons of the sugar over medium-high heat; stir just until butter is melted. Stir in buttermilk and heat just until warmed; do not let mixture come to a boil. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.
In a bowl, combine the yeast ad remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Stir in the warm water; set aside in a warm place for 5 minutes, until yeast froths and doubles in size. Add the yeast mixture to the buttermilk mixture; stir to combine.
In a separate large bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add the buttermilk-yeast mixture and stir to combine, forming a sticky dough. Loosely cover the bowl with a clean cloth; let stand in a warm place about 30 minutes, until dough has risen slightly. (At this point, the dough can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 day. Before proceeding with recipe, remove from refrigerator and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Knead several times, until dough is easy to work with. Pinch off pieces of dough and form into 1-inch balls. To shape cloverleaf rolls, nestle three 1-inch balls in each muffin cup. Loosely cover with a clean cloth and let rise in a warm place for 30 to 45 minutes, until doubled in size.
Uncover rolls, brush lightly with melted butter, then bake about 15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven. Serve warm.
FROM THE TEST KITCHEN
Wrap rolls in foil. Warm rolls in a 350 degrees F oven about 15 minutes or until heated through. If rolls are frozen, thaw first, then heat as above.