“Yellowstone Ranch” Cast Iron Skillet Dinner Rolls

Pillowy soft and buttery pull-apart dinner rolls that melt in your mouth.

Prep Time: 4 hours
“Yellowstone Ranch” Cast Iron Skillet Dinner Rolls
These dinner rolls which are baked and served in a cast iron skillet are right at home on the Dutton family table – a free bonus recipe from The Unofficial Yellowstone Cookbook by Jackie Alpers.


  • cup bread flour divided
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup buttermilk divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups bread flour plus more for flouring
  • Tbsp instant yeast
  • Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 7 Tbsp melted butter divided, plus more for greasing
  • 1 tsp olive oil


  • Heat water and ¼ cup buttermilk in a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Whisk in 3 Tbsp flour and continue to heat until boiling, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat to low and continue to stir until a paste with the consistency of pudding forms. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and let the paste cool to room temperature.
  • When cooled, add the remaining buttermilk and egg and whisk together with a fork until smooth, then add 2 cups flour, yeast, and salt and mix until fully combined. Let sit for 15 minutes.
  • Add the honey and butter and knead until a soft dough forms.
  • Lightly flour a work surface with the remaining Tbsp of flour. Transfer the dough to the surface and knead to form a smooth ball. Rub the dough ball all over lightly with olive oil, cover and let rest until doubled in size, about 1½ to 2 hours.
  • Transfer the dough to a work surface and punch down the dough with your fist to remove the gas then stretch and pat the dough into a 9-by-11-inch rectangle. Cut the dough into 4 equal strips lengthwise, then cut those strips into 3 equal rows to create 12 pieces. Form each piece into a dough ball by folding the four corners in and gently rolling the underside seam until closed.
  • Grease a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with butter and arrange the rolls side-by-side within the skillet. It’s okay if they are slightly different sizes as they will fill out the space once they rise. Cover with plastic and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour more. The dough is ready if it springs back slowly when pressed lightly with a finger.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F with a rack located in the lowest position.
  • Brush the rolls with 3 Tbsp of melted butter and bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with more melted butter if desired. Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Western Americana
Keyword baking, cast iron baking, cast iron cooking, Dinner rolls, parker house rolls, The Unofficial Yellowsstone Cookbook, Yellowstone Ranch recipes

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