Ken Wingard’s Grandma Etta’s Parker House Rolls


Home & Family's Ken Wingard shares his go-to dish for any holiday gathering.

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110°F)
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • Melted butter, sea salt flakes, and chopped herbs, for serving


1 In a large bowl, combine the boiling water, shortening, 1/4 cup sugar, and salt, and mix to combine. Set aside and let cool.

2 In a separate large bowl, dissolve the yeast and remaining sugar in the warm water. Add the egg and 2 cups of the flour and mix well.

3 Add the shortening mixture and the remaining flour to the dough; mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight or until doubled in size.

4 Knead dough on a floured board and roll it out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut into circles with a biscuit cutter or glass. Brush each roll with melted butter, then fold in half. Place rolls side by side in a pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled again.

5 When ready to bake, heat the oven to 400°F. Bake the rolls for 10 minutes.

6 Remove the rolls from the oven and brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with sea salt and chopped herbs. Immediately hide so there will be some left for dinner.

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