Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sister Schubert Rolls...The Proper Way to Eat Them

Have you ever tasted Sister Schubert homemade rolls? They taste just like ya' Mama used to make! Miss Janice loves 'em ! Sister's grandmother taught her how to make the rolls when she was a young girl and today her rolls and other bread products are a mainstay on the dining tables of all of us Southern people...and no wonder, she's an Alabama girl!

I must say that the Parker House-style rolls are my favorite. They are perfect to serve at Thanksgiving Dinner or an Easter Brunch...they are also delish when you stuff them with a slice of ham or pork tenderloin...and are most certainly the 'comfort bread of choice' at funeral receptions!

Sister Schubert rolls are simply delish! It's only natural to want to pick up the roll and bite off a piece...especially when they are warm!

Well, there is etiquette to be followed when eating bread!

Bread is served...from the bread basket to the bread plate: Bread is not considered a "course" and may be served at several places during a meal. Bread may be served in a basket on the table where diners will pass it around the table counterclockwise or the waitstaff will serve each individual. When bread is served in a basket on the table, the person closest to the basket will begin the process of passing the bread. Once you pick up the basket, take a piece of the bread by hand and place it on your bread plate. Then, offer the basket of bread to the person on your left. Hold the basket and allow the person to take a piece of bread with their fingers. Next, pass the basket to the person on your right. If the bread is served by the waitstaff, the server will place a piece of bread on your bread plate usually with a pair of tongs.

The butter plate: The butter plate is handled in the same manner as the bread basket. Take a pat of butter with the butter knife or butter pick and place it on the bread plate, offer the butter to the person on the left. Once the person has taken a piece or declined, then pass the butter plate to the person on the right.

How to butter the bread: Hold the bread in your right hand and tear off a bite-sized piece with your left. The whole piece of bread should NOT be buttered at once, nor should a bite be taken out of the whole piece of bread and then put back on the plate. Place the larger piece of bread back onto the bread plate with your right hand. Butter the bite-sized piece using your right hand and place the butter spreader horizontally across the top of the plate. Switch the bite-sized piece to your right hand and eat it.

Be sure to hold the bread just above the bread plate when handling it. If it's a crunchy hard roll, keep it as close to your bread plate as possible. It's not the end of the world if a few breadcrumbs get on the table, but you should try to keep them to a minimum. Crumbs will be taken care of later in the meal. {I will address "Crumbing" the table in an upcoming post}

Social Graces 101: It is not polite to dip, dunk, or wipe sauces with your bread except in the most informal gatherings or with certain dishes that are designed to do just that--like fondues and olive oil. Of course, never double dip!

The bread basket...full of Parker House-style Sister Schubert rolls! A domed butter dish with a butter knife. A bread plate {well, today it is} with the butter spreader placed horizontally across the top of the plate. What is the difference between a butter knife and a butter spreader? The butter knife has a pointed end so it can get the hard butter from the butter plate/dish to the bread plate. The butter knife... The butter spreader has a round end so it won't poke holes in the bread. The butter spreader...

So now, you can go to the frozen food section of your grocers and buy Sister Schubert rolls, take 'em home and bake 'em in the oven and feel confident when you eat 'em...that you are following proper bread and butter etiquette! You can visit Sister's site HERE. She has a lot of fabulous products...Cinnamon Rolls, Orange Rolls, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Blueberry Rolls...just to name a few. Check it out, I'm sure you'll find something you like! You can also find fabulous recipes {using her bread products} on her site...Breakfast Bake Casserole, Breakfast Sandwiches, and Upside Down Banana Pecan French Toast--I simply have to try that one Sister!

Remember y'all, Nothing says more about you than your table manners!


Karen said...

Loved your post! Thought you might like the recipe below.
Ladybug Creek

Sandy Cornyn's Breakfast Rolls

1 pkg. Sister Schubert's Parker House Rolls
2 c. diced ham
8 oz. bag of shredded cheese
1/2 stick butter
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1/2 Tbsp. dry mustard
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp. poppy seed
1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire

Partially thaw the rolls and slice the entire pan of rolls in half. Spread about 2 c. of diced ham over the rolls. Cover the ham with shredded cheese. Cover with top layer of rolls.

Mix the remaining ingredients with the melted butter. Drizzle the topping over the top of the rolls and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Check to be sure the bottom of the tolls are brown. To serve, cut into the roll shapes.

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

LOVE Sister Schubert rolls....a staple at every family function I can remember! By themselves or with ham, yummm....

...just another preppy shopaholic said...

Never purchased them, but that's not to say I haven't tried them. I tend to stay away from rolls...danergous! Not sure if it's the roll or the butter, Ha! Ha!

Oh, I finally rec'd the letter box I ordered from Marye-Kelley decopauge. I posted a photo over on my blog.

highheeledlife said...

These sound yummy .. and your butter dish is a beauty!! HHL

LC said...

loved this post! and Karen's recipe up above sounds great!

Miss Janice said...

This recipe sounds like something I would love to try! Thanks :)
Miss Janice

Lori said...

Thanks never knew the diff between the two knives.

I Do Declare said...

I love your pretty butter dish so much!

Katherine said...

what a fun post! I have an unnatural love for bread and carbs in general :) I have never heard of Sister Schubert so must check them out...thanks for sharing!

Bea said...

Love your butter dish, Miss Janice... I love rolls but try not to eat them often... have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

Hi Miss Janice! We love these rolls if only I could find some that were not squashed!
Now my gift I won from your giveaway should be here any day now. Can you believe it took me so long to decide? I'm thrilled!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sue said...

Yum! I have never had the pleasure to tasting Sister Schubert's rolls but they look delicious. In Michigan the closest thing we have to them that I have had are the rolls that the Amish make up where I used to live in the middle of the state.

Thank you for the bread eating tips. Always good to be reminded.


Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled said...

The best dinner rolls in the world! Love them with ham as you said.

Mrs. Kindergarten

Tammy B said...

What a beautiful butter dish! I just love Sister Shubert's rolls. They are always on our table for holiday meals. Every Thanksgiving morning, I eat about one half a tray of Sister Shuberts cinnamon rolls for breakfast. YUM! They just melt in my mouth.

Lori said...

Can't have a holiday dinner without Sister Schuberts!! It's just not done at my house. My daughter is now the same way and has converted her friends. I will share with them the proper way to eat the rolls. Thanks!!


Leigh Powell Hines said...

I just found out about you today, and so glad I did. I love your blog, what you stand for, and all the fun that comes from your energy.

I"m a new follower, and I'll be reading lots because I need some help teaching my five year old some manners.