9 Thanksgiving Breads That Aren’t Sister Schubert Rolls (Recipes)

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Zero shade intended toward Sister Schubert’s rolls (which are undeniably pillowy and delicious), but we can all do better in the bread department this Thanksgiving than sticking a tin of premade rolls in the oven.

No one is suggesting you go all “Great British Baking Show” and impress guests with intricate homemade loaves, but with just a bit of extra effort, you can create a carbolicious side that you’ll want to make for years to come. Here are nine recipes for simple and tasty breads, biscuits, cornbreads and rolls.

1. Sweet Potato Biscuits

These fluffy, versatile disks of goodness come together in 20 minutes with ingredients you likely already have in the pantry. It’ll be impossible to have just one with dinner, but if you manage to save a few, they’re perfect for leftover Thanksgiving meals, like turkey sandwiches or soup.

2. Creamy Cheesy Cornbread

Imagine corn pudding in handheld form, and you’ve got these dreamy squares of cornbread mix, creamed corn and cream cheese, irresistibly combined with oodles of cheddar for a side that will steal the show. 

3. Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

If you will make homemade bread just once in your life, make these adorable, pillowy pumpkin rolls, complete with pecan stems and your choice of savory or sugary butter. They’re sure to incite smiles on guests both young and old.

4. Garlic and Rosemary Skillet Bread

There’s no better aroma than garlic and rosemary to add to your kitchen’s symphony of scents on a holiday morning. Since it bakes in an oiled cast-iron skillet, the bread will have a perfectly crispy bottom with a fluffy, cloud-like interior.

5. Cheesy Cauliflower Muffins

Going easy on the carbs this Thanksgiving? Try these cauliflower muffins, which go easy on the flour without skimping on cheesiness or seasoning.

6. Popovers

Ina Garten’s tried-and-true popovers prove that a simple combination of butter, flour, eggs, milk and salt can never taste bad — especially when that combination is baked until perfectly puffy and golden.

7. Sweet Potato Cornbread

This sweet and savory cornbread is an unbeatable vessel for puddles of rich gravy. Be sure to cover it when it’s done baking — or you’ll find yourself sneaking forkfuls before dinner makes it to the table.

8. Cheddar Chive Drop Biscuits

Want to bring the essence of Red Lobster to your own inviting home? Give these extraordinarily cheesy biscuits a shot. It doesn’t get better than chives and cheddar.

9. Pull-Apart Stuffing Rolls

Want the flavors of stuffing in one convenient, fluffy package? Pull-apart stuffing rolls are the buttery treasure for you. The doughy knots are intertwined with sausage, celery, onion and garlic for a side that forms two classic dishes into one.

Featured Image: Scott Bauer, U.S. Department of Agriculture/Wikimedia Commons

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Cleaning With A Slice Of Bread? Here’s How

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They say you shouldn’t play with your food, but what about cleaning with it? 

As a child, were you ever chided by grandma for rolling your bread into little balls, or sprinkling the crusts all over the plate? 

If you want grandma to give you a pat on the back rather than a slap on the wrist, you should roll those bread balls over the kitchen counter. 

Why? To get the stains off, of course!

Bread is a wonderful thing. For thousands of years, this simple food has provided sustenance to humankind. You can toast it, dip it in oil, use it for a sandwich and smear all sorts of delicious spreads on it. Some bread is even best eaten alone. 

But there’s another thing bread is well-suited for, something you might never have thought of. 

If you cut the crusts off a slice of rye or white bread and roll it into a ball, it becomes a natural eraser, according to Country Living. 

In the olden days, this cleaning hack was used to soak up spills and smudges on walls, counters and other surfaces. In fact, before the advent of rubber erasers, moist bread crumbs were used to erase pencil marks, according to The New Yorker.

“The gluten in the bread absorbs dirt and stains,” Toni Hammersley states, in “The Complete Book of Clean.” So, if you’re gluten-intolerant, at least you can use gluten for something.

Other strange uses for bread include cleaning out your coffee grinder, dusting off a painting and picking up shards of broken glass.  

Do you swear by regular cleaning methods, or have you used bread to clean up before?  

In my opinion, bread is best put to use when it’s eaten. There’s something immoral about using it to clean. Plus, using my favorite Nutella companion to mop the floor sounds like a big turn-off. What do you think? 

Sources: Country Living, The New Yorker / Photo credit: mitchenall/Flickr

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