Bacon and Caramelized Onion Rolls Recipe -
Bacon and Caramelized Onion Rolls Recipe
  • READY IN ABOUT 3 hrs

Bacon and Caramelized Onion Rolls

Recipe by  

"These homemade yeast rolls with bacon, caramelized onions, and smoked Cheddar cheese will take center stage on the dinner table."

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 12 rolls Change Servings
  • PREP

    55 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    2 hrs 50 mins


  1. Combine water, yeast and sugar in a large mixer bowl. Let stand 5 minutes, until foamy. Add salt, oil and 1 cup flour; beat for 2 minutes at medium speed. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  2. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 6 to 8 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a well greased bowl, turning once to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  3. While dough is rising, cook bacon in large skillet until just browned but not crispy. Drain well and crumble or chop into small pieces. Reserve 2 tablespoons bacon drippings in skillet. Add onion and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until onions are lightly caramelized. Add Port wine and cook until very little liquid remains. Set aside to cool.
  4. Punch dough down. Roll into a 15 x 10-inch rectangle. Spread onions over dough and then sprinkle with bacon and cheese. Roll dough up from long side, jelly roll style. Pinch seams to seal. Cut into 12 equal slices.
  5. Place each slice in a greased muffin pan, cut side up. Brush with butter. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft free place until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  6. Bake in preheated 375 degrees F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden. Remove to wire rack to cool.
Kitchen-Friendly View

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 01, 2012

What a beautiful and delicious roll! As much as they sound time consuming, these rolls were fast, easy and addicting. The dough was easy to work with, which is always a plus. I may have added a little more filling than it called for, but otherwise I kept everything the same. A definite keeper!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 20, 2013

These were ok, nothing special. Usually everyone eats all of my rolls, but I had leftovers with this recipe.

Oct 29, 2012

I have found my Christmas morning rolls! These are delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and they came out perfect. I got 16 sweet caramelized onion (canned by DH), bacon and cheese rolls. Each ingredient you can taste distinctly. And, goodness you can eat with one hand. These would be great for breakfast. I served with Chicken noodle soup from this site. I am just learning to make breads and rolls using yeast and this recipe turned out fabulous in taste and texture. I will be making these for many meals. I also think it would be easy to tweak. How about cranberries, swiss cheese and toasted or candied walnuts? Yeah, think I'll try that.

Oct 19, 2012

Went a little different with this idea. I didn't have Port so I subbed Marsala. Added a good pinch of Italian seasoning with the onions. Intended to use 6 cheese Italian blend but rolled and cut and realized I forgot the cheese (sitting right in front of me) so sprinkled some on top instead.

Oct 20, 2012

These were amazing! The dough was actually very easy to work with- I found I needed to add a few more pinches of flour to keep my hands from sticking so keep your flour stash nearby. At the recommendation of another cook, I did not have port wine so I substituted 1/4 cup red wine vinegar and a tablespoon of sugar to make mock wine. It turned out perfectly. If you have any leftover dough from the ends, shape it into tiny loaves and bake them along side the rolls. They turn into wonderful mini loaves of bread for sandwiches!

Oct 14, 2012

These are not rolls you want to make when pressed for time, but they are so totally worth any time it takes! I didn't use the smoked Cheddar cheese, but I will next time---the sharp Cheddar is good, but the smoked would be best! Port wine, a fortified and thus storable wine, is perfect for these rolls. I added a tablespoon of flour to my dough but could easily have used one more (it always depends on the atmosphere as to how much flour is needed). The process of making these is just like making cinnamon rolls. I would urge you when rolling out the dough to stretch the ball of dough to the length you want it and then roll it out on a well-floured surface from there. It's hard to start it from a ball and hope to get it into a rectangle because it wants to keep finding its own shape! I like to leave the rolls just slightly at the golden brown stage so that when I go to heat them in a hot oven without a cover they will brown just a tad more. My house smelled so wonderful from baking these! And it was the perfect complement to a ham and bean soup! Oh, yum!

Jan 21, 2013

These were absolutely great. I made some changes (I always do, can't help it). I added some shallots with the onions, then about half way through caramelizing I added some minced fresh rosemary. I also used more of everything (bacon, cheese, onions) and added some fresh chopped chives for colour and flavour. I didn't have any wine, so I just skipped it...the onions are sweet and I don't think I missed much by leaving it out. I would emphasize that the onions need at least 20 minutes over medium heat to be perfect...rushing will ruin them. I didn't have smoked cheese, so I used aged cheddar instead. Flavour and texture was perfect. The only minor criticism I can think of is that 3T of butter for brushing left me with at least 1T left wasted. Oh, and I also cut them a bit too large and came out with 8 rolls....but they were cooked at 22 minutes...any smaller and I think they would have been over-done at that time. Make sure the muffin tin is really well greased...I think I will try just baking them on a tray next time. Thanks for the recipe, I will be making these again!

Nov 18, 2012

I used my bread machine and made a basic dinner roll dough then followed steps exactly as listed. A+ and then some! Not complicated at all and they turned out beautifully! Thanks for a great recipe!


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 234 kcal
  • 12%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 20.7 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 28 mg
  • 9%
  • Fat
  • 12.4 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 8.6 g
  • 17%
  • Sodium
  • 490 mg
  • 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More
Subscribe Today!

In Season

Crunchy Kale Snacks
Crunchy Kale Snacks

Kale is the healthy, green leaf that transforms into a crunchy snack chip in your oven.

So Many Pork Chop Recipes
So Many Pork Chop Recipes

You can't go wrong choosing from over 400 pork chop recipes with ratings and tips!

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Fried Cabbage with Bacon, Onion, and Garlic

See how to make a flavorful cabbage and bacon side dish.

School Lunchroom Cafeteria Rolls

Super-easy rolls just like the ones the cafeteria ladies gave out!

Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions

Watch how to make a puff pastry wrapped cheese appetizer.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States