How to Dress up Store-Bought Lunch Buns

Thanksgiving and other holidays are great excuses to spend hours in the kitchen from scratch preparing a huge meal. But if you want to carve out some time for yourself – get some sleep, watch a dog show, or just not cook a few happy moments of the day – lunch rolls are perfect for slicing.

It’s nice to have bread for Thanksgiving dinner – and have it on hand for leftover sandwiches – but it’s hardly the main event. (I think parties are the main event. Parties and pie.) And The Kitchn has some simple tips for making perfectly normal, great-tasting store-bought lunch buns:

  1. Serve warm. You can place them in the oven wrapped in foil next to the turkey, or reheat them in the microwave under a damp towel.
  2. Brush with melted butter. This works best with reheating in the oven – just do this before the buns go to the oven.
  3. Sprinkle with fresh herbs on top. Finely chopped rosemary, sage, thyme or oregano are great upgrades. (The oil you just applied will help them stick.)
  4. Sprinkle with layered salt. Do this right before serving (and use unsalted butter for Trick 2) and you get bonus texture and flavor.

Now, just remember that the butter you serve with the buns should also warm to room temperature.

3 Easy Steps to Make Store-bought Buns for Dinner | Kitchen


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