Potato Knot Rolls

Have I said much about where I live?
It’s an amazing place!
I was raised in sunny Southern California and then…
I married my favorite college teacher ( from CA too), and stayed in a state that is famous for it’s incredible spuds!
This trio of beauties, Burbank Russets, are raised just above my home!
Over the last 39 years I have grown to love the people, birds, (this is our state bird, the Mountain Bluebird), wildlife, and of course potatoes! They grow so well here because we have warm days and cool nights and the best farmers in the USA!
This incredible view of the valley were we live was taken in April, from our deck facing north…we can see all the way to Montana!
Idaho cooks are fabulous and they know that fresh, famous, Idaho potatoes make everything better…and here’s one of our very best tried and true, award winning recipes,
Potato Knot Rolls
Microwave milk to scald it, add butter, potato flakes, shortening, salt and sugar.
Mix and then let it cool slightly. Dissolve yeast in water and let it work…
Add to cooled milk mixture in mixer, eggs, yeast and then half of the flour. Mix again, and then add the remaining flour. Knead for 10 minutes till dough is smooth and elastic.
Pour 2 tablespoons of oil in a large bowl. Add dough, cover and let it rise for 1 hour.
Dough should rise till double in bulk.
Turn out onto smooth surface…I love to use my glass cook top.
Cut dough into thirds…you will have 3 large balls of dough.
Now cut each ball into 12 equal pieces or strips.
I toss each dough ball into my bowl of flour.
Then shake it good and give it a little stretch, and then tie it into a knot.
Place it on a greased or parchment lined jellyroll pan.
Cover your knots with a clean towel and let them rise for 1 hour…or you can

cover them with wrap, (I really like Press and Seal, it’s tight and sealed), ready for a slumber party overnight in my freezer. The next morning place your frozen rolls in a zip lock bag, label and keep frozen until you want to use them. When that time comes, put them back on your pan, same method, greased or lined, cover and let thaw and rise for 5 hours, and then bake as directed.

After 1 hour your rolls will have doubled in size.
Bake them in a preheated 375 degree oven for 11-12 minutes till light golden brown.
Right out of the oven, brush with melted butter.
These rolls are so delicious with added herbs of your choice for a savory roll
or it is excellent dough for any type of sweet roll.
Enjoy the flaky, delicate texture of these special rolls and you’ll understand one of the many reasons why our potatoes are so famous!
Potato Knot Rolls
  • 3 cups milk, scalded
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup potato flakes
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water with a pinch of sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. yeast
  • 8 cups flour

Microwave milk for 5 to 7 minutes to scald. In a mixing bowl add butter, shortening, salt, and sugar. Let it cool slightly. Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup of warm water. Let it work for a few minutes. Add to cooled milk along with eggs, potato flakes and 4 cups of flour. Mix well. Add the remaining flour and knead for 10 minutes. Put dough rise, covered, in an oiled mixing bowl for 1 hour. On a smooth surface, divide dough into thirds. Cut each third of dough into 1 dozen equal strips. Roll lightly in flour and tie into a knot. Let rise on a greased sheet, (I always use a parchment sheet on a jellyroll pan). Cover with a towel and let raise for 1 hour. Bake at 375 for 11-12 minutes. Makes 3 dozen rolls.

Knotted and baked with love!  Thanks for stopping by….

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Martina

    I am new to your blog, but really like it. So great to see where you live! Wow beautiful! And I have to try this yummy recipe soonk
    Be blessed and thanks for sharing

  2. Debbie

    Those rolls look so pretty and delicious. I really want to try them.

    But the really stunning part about this post is that VIEW from the deck. Oh wow!!!

  3. Natasha

    Wow, I have never seen anything like that before. your recipe is amazing and your photos are even more amazing! I must try this soon-thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Best wishes,

  4. Julie

    Beautiful view!!! Those rolls look delicious. There’s nothing better than homemade bread or rolls.

  5. Red Couch Recipes

    Gnee, just was in Idaho Falls last weekend visiting our son and DIL. Idaho is a beautiful state! Picked up an Idaho Spud candy bar! I love potato rolls! Your potato knots look wonderful! My family would love them. Joni

  6. Cathy

    Wow…what a beautiful place to live! I think it would make me forget about California;)!

    These rolls look amazing…I would love one right now! It’s almost lunch time…are they still warm?


  7. Julie Harward

    I love Idaho too…I was raised there on a 300 acre dry/dairy farm (Weston) right near the so. border. We have blue birds here too, tons of them. I so love your rolls…YUM!!! Thanks for sharing this! (I used to have a licence plate that said..SONGBRD…fun! Come say hi 😀

  8. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style

    Oh, I love the view from your house. I would never tire of that for sure. Those rolls look so good. I love any kind of bread or rolls.

  9. Roberta

    Give me those rolls and I’ll forget about every state 😀 OMG I’m so hungry now…cause bread is one of my weaknesses…up there with chips and the fact that these are made w’potatoes…oh yeah!! I’ve never been a big bread maker with all the yeast rising thing and now that it is just me and DH I’m afraid I’d eat them all by myself…it’s worse than chocolate for me 😀 BUT this really looks good and I just might have to try them…ymmmm Have a great evening, fondly, Roberta

  10. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    These rolls look great! The only knots I’ve ever made were garlic, they were very good. The view from your home is amazing-enjoy!

  11. Diane

    The rolls sound delish. THanks so much for the recipe.

  12. vignette design

    Those rolls look fantastic! Beautifully photographed. I love anything with potatoes too. I must have been either Irish or from Idaho in my past life!

  13. Gail @ Faithfulness Farm

    Oh, these look wonderful! My dear sister-in-law and her family relocated to Idaho many years ago. When her kids were small we call them the Tater Tots, lol. I’ve enjoyed my visits there!


  14. Kristen

    What a gorgeous view of the mountains!

    I love the consistency potatoes give to rolls and breads. So yummy!

  15. Wife2Jason

    Welcome to Idaho… even tho I’m a native, you’ve still been here longer than me! LOL

    I have eaten a lot of potato rolls in my life, but never had a good recipe. Thanks for posting this… with pictures!

  16. Gypsy Heart

    What an incredible view! I love it ~ and the rolls. They look delish. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and the photos.

    Have a blessed weekend ~

  17. Jasey

    Holy Crackers! I can already tell you how much I love these! I wish there was smell-o-vision!!!! I bet your home smelled divine! Welcome to Tuesday Tastes!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

  18. Jerri

    I really wish I had some of these to try! They look so good!!

    Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites!

  19. shopannies

    loved reading your post and the rolls look super great thanks for the recipe

  20. Joy @ Joy Of Desserts

    What a gorgeous bluebird, and amazing view. This looks like a wonderful recipe. Thank you for sharing it. I love to bake my own bread.

    You know, I’ll be hosting my 3rd annual bread recipe roundup in the fall, and it would be great if you would participate. It’s a long ways from now, but I hope you won’t forget. 😉


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