These rolls are another reminder of my days in the bagel biz. At the store, they would “cheat” at making these rolls by using a pre-cooked, plain bagel and pinching the dough together, as to eliminate that center hole. Then, they would cover the top in plenty of Asiago cheese and bake it in oven along with the other morning baked goods. Out came fresh, huge asiago cheese rolls. The customers ate them up. With cream cheese or butter. With an egg or deli sandwich. These rolls were also a popular choice.
I kind of forgot about asiago cheese rolls, until I ordered the black forest breakfast sandwich at Coffee Culture a of couple weeks ago. It has ham, egg, pepper jack cheese and honey mustard all placed neatly between a grilled, salty asiago cheese roll. It brought me right back to that bagel shop, and I couldn’t get that sandwich out of my head. I knew it had to be re-created at home.
I think homemade rolls get a bad rap because they take a bit of effort to make and they’re a bit more time-consuming than just running to the store. But, you just can’t beat fresh, homemade bread. Especially when it’s covered with sharp, salty, shredded asiago cheese. Really, the effort isn’t too intense. Most of the time, you’re just waiting for the dough to rise. That’s plenty of time to do some laundry, get the grocery shopping done, or continue your Pretty Little Liars marathon on Netflix. Then, you shape the dough into pretty, round rolls. It might take one or two tries to get the hang of it, but really the shaping is not too hard. And, if they don’t turn out perfectly round, who cares? They still taste just as good, whether they are round, square, or some shape in-between.
We’ve been eating these rolls for plenty of meals, so if you’re looking for some sandwich inspiration, look no further. Try them with a simple bacon, egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. Or, pile on the roast beef, arugula, tomato and mayo. We even ate these rolls with a quick lobster salad (leftovers from the 4th of July party). The combinations are just about endless.