According to History of Bread, a website devoted to all things doughy, Americans consume, on average, 53 pounds of bread each year.
Despite the rise in gluten-free living and the findings of a 2014 survey from Packaged Facts that revealed 56 percent of U.S. shoppers say they are cutting back on white bread, the holidays are a delicious departure from the norm.
So, while whole grain or no grain has become the way of daily life, dinner rolls are a holiday-dinner must. No matter what is being served as the main course or side dishes, and no matter how average of a cook you might be, if you make the effort to make homemade rolls, every holiday eater in your home will walk away stuffed and happy. Not to mention the fact that your leftovers will have a delicious destiny for days to come.
From buttery pan rolls to pumpkin bread, there are many choices available to serve with your meal. If bread is your choice for an appetizer, consider a baguette that can be transformed into bruschetta or topped with warm brie. Pumpkin gingerbread will fill your kitchen with spicy holiday scents, and sweet dinner rolls are the perfect match with any holiday meal.
If baking bread from scratch isn't on your holiday to-do list, however, local restaurants are here to make family gatherings and your holiday parties as easy as possible.
Giovanni's in Munster sells its garlic rolls and loaves of bread, in addition to providing catering during the holidays. There is also a secret garlic seasoning topping available, owner Mary Leary says.
"We also sell our bruschetta, where we can put our toppings on the side so it doesn't get soggy," she says. "It's perfect if you're in charge of bringing an appetizer."
Teibel's in Schererville also is offering customers its famous rolls to go. The French rolls have been a staple at the restaurant for more than 50 years, owner Paul Teibel says.
The rolls are baked halfway through so that customers can take them home and brown the rolls just before serving. The restaurant sells hundreds of dozens a day, he says.
"They're crunchy on the outside and are soft and doughy on the inside," Teibel says. While butter is a popular topping for rolls and bread, Teibel's offers a cheese spread that is popular with customers.