Animal-Based Dinner Rolls (with Carnivore Option)

Prep time: 40 mins      Cook time: 1 hr      Rest time: 20 mins     Total time: 2 hrs

Makes: 6 large rolls or 8-12 medium rolls

To make this recipe Carnivore: do not use maple syrup

These hearty animal-based dinner rolls are made with ground pork, pork rinds, eggs, milk, ghee, and sea salt and are lightly sweetened with maple syrup.


What you need to make Animal-Based Dinner Rolls

Ingredients:

Note: to make this recipe carnivore, do not use maple syrup.

Equipment:

(for the full recipe, scroll to the bottom)

Substitutions

Honey can be used in place of maple syrup.

Butter can be used in place of ghee.

Pork cracklings can be used in place of pork rinds.

animal-based dinner rolls


How to make Animal-Based Dinner Rolls

If a visual will help, watch the Instagram Reel for this recipe.

Make the dough.

In your blender, crush the pork rinds to a fine powder. Set the pork rind powder aside.

Melt the ghee on your stovetop. 

In your blender, mix the raw ground pork, melted ghee, maple syrup, milk, eggs, and sea salt (ASHLEYR for 15% off) until a smooth paste forms.

Add the paste to a mixing bowl. Fold in the pork rind powder to form a dough. It should be thick and dense.

Note: if you go through tons of salt in your household like we do, check out this salt-purchasing hack that will save you money + make things more efficient. We started this last year, and I’m so happy we did!

animal-based dinner rolls


Refrigerate the dough.

Transfer the dough to the refrigerator for 20+ minutes to firm up.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Form the dough into rolls.

Remove your dough from the fridge and form the rolls.

I formed each roll and placed them side by side in a 9×5 bread pan, similar to how you see classic dinner rolls being baked.

Note: these rolls won’t rise much, so you’ll want to form them into the shape you’d like them to end up in post-baking.

Note: for a visual, watch the Instagram Reel for this recipe.

animal-based dinner rolls

Bake the rolls.

Bake the rolls at 375 degrees for 50-60 minutes. The tops should be brown and crispy. The inside should resemble bread, however it will be much more dense and moist and not dry and fluffy like bread. If the inside is gooey like a quiche or thick pudding, the rolls are not done.

Serve and enjoy.

Once the rolls are done baking, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes.

These rolls are delicious fresh or straight out of the fridge. If there are leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.

animal-based dinner rolls


Tips to make Animal-Based Dinner Rolls

  • These rolls won’t rise much, so you’ll want to form them into the shape you’d like them to end up in post-baking.

animal-based dinner rolls


Other favorite dinner ideas:

Street Gyro Bowls

Loaded Burger Bowls

Tropical Taco Bowls

Chicken Bacon Tacos

Cobb ‘Salad’ with Duck Fat Ranch Dressing

Simple Oxtail Soup

Animal-Based Dinner Rolls

animal-based dinner rolls

Animal-Based Dinner Rolls

These hearty animal-based dinner rolls are made with ground pork, pork rinds, eggs, milk, ghee, and sea salt and are lightly sweetened with maple syrup.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Resting Time20 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Food Type: Appetizer, Holiday, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet Preference: Baked Goods, Bread, Dinner, Gluten-Free, Low FODMAP, Nightshade-Free, Nut-Free, Pastry, Side Dish, Snack
Servings: 6 large rolls (or 8-12 medium rolls)
Author: Ashley Rothstein

Equipment

  • 9×5 bread pan (or properly sized baking dish to fit the rolls; a 9×5 bread pan worked perfectly for 6 large rolls)
  • Blender
  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 5 oz pork rinds
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup ghee
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Instructions

If a visual will help, watch the Instagram Reel for this recipe. 

    Make the dough.

    • In your blender, crush the pork rinds to a fine powder. Set the pork rind powder aside.
    • Melt the ghee on your stovetop.
    • In your blender, mix the raw ground pork, melted ghee, maple syrup, milk, eggs, and sea salt (ASHLEYR for 15% off) until a smooth paste forms.
    • Add the paste to a mixing bowl. Fold in the pork rind powder to form a dough. It should be thick and dense.
    • Note: if you go through tons of salt in your household like we do, check out this salt-purchasing hack that will save you money + make things more efficient. We started this last year, and I'm so happy we did!

    Refrigerate the dough.

    • Transfer the dough to the refrigerator for 20+ minutes to firm up.
    • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

    Form the dough into rolls.

    • Remove your dough from the fridge and form the rolls.
    • I formed each roll and placed them side by side in a 9x5 bread pan, similar to how you see classic dinner rolls being baked.
    • Note: these rolls won't rise much, so you'll want to form them into the shape you'd like them to end up in post-baking.
    • Note: for a visual, watch the Instagram Reel for this recipe.

    Bake the rolls.

    • Bake the rolls at 375 degrees for 50-60 minutes. The tops should be brown and crispy. The inside should resemble bread, however it will be much more dense and moist and not dry and fluffy like bread. If the inside is gooey like a quiche or thick pudding, the rolls are not done.

    Serve and enjoy.

    • Once the rolls are done baking, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes.
    • These rolls are delicious fresh or straight out of the fridge. If there are leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.

    Other favorite dinner ideas:

    Street Gyro Bowls

    Loaded Burger Bowls

    Tropical Taco Bowls

    Chicken Bacon Tacos

    Cobb ‘Salad’ with Duck Fat Ranch Dressing

    Simple Oxtail Soup

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    Ashley Rothstein

    Ashley Rothstein develops tasty, whole food, animal-based, fat-filled recipes that include a moderate amount of minimally toxic plant foods. To fix her own health issues, she bounced around between the carnivore, keto, and paleo diets for a few years. After experiencing and studying each diet philosophy, she learned she feels her best by merging the three and following an animal-based diet with time-restricted feeding. As a glut at heart, she likes to channel her creativity and create meals that are healthy but also satisfy her inner gluttonous spirits.

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