Thursday, February 5, 2015

Meatball Stuffed Honey Potato Buns

Meatball Stuffed Honey Potato Buns
by Mary
Adapted from Make Ahead Bread: 100 Recipes for Melt in Your Mouth Fresh Bread Every Day by Donna Currie

1 1/2 cups room temperature water
2 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (omit if using butter potatoes)
3 1/2 cups bread flour, plus extra for dusting
1/4 cup non fat dry milk
1/4 cup instant potato flakes (I used a single serve cup of instant mashed potatoes then omitted the butter, since they already had butter in them)
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning, plus extra for the top of the buns
1 teaspoon instant yeast
8 ounces tomato sauce
8 ounces mozzarella cheese, cubed
12 fully cooked meatballs, diced

On prep day:

I made the dough in a bread maker, first adding all of the liquid ingredients (water and honey, along with butter if using it.) Then add the dry ingredients (flour, dry milk, potato flakes, salt and Italian seasoning. Make a well and add the yeast. Set bread maker to the dough setting and allow the machine to mix and knead the dough. I also let it do a first rise in the bread machine. 
Turn out the dough onto a floured work surface, knead lightly then divide into 24 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball and place onto a parchment-covered sheet pan. Dust lightly with flour and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least overnight, you can refrigerate for 24 hours if needed. 
The next day take the pan out of the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. This makes the dough easier to work with. 
While the dough is warming up, mix the tomato sauce, cheese and meatballs. 
Flatten each dough ball into a circle. Add a spoonful of the meatball mixture to the top of the dough and close the dough around the meatball mixture. Sprinkle a bit of Italian seasoning on each bun. Place back on the sheet pan. When all of the buns are finished, let rest for 10 minutes. 
Bake at 350°F for about 25 minutes, until the buns are golden brown. Serve with additional tomato sauce, if desired. Enjoy!

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