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Teeny Sandwich Rolls?

JemB Dec 18, 2006 01:57 PM

I'm celebrating Chanukah for the first time this year and hosting my mother and sisters (along with my young kids) for a very casual, family supper and candle-lighting this Thursday. Along with latkes and salad, I was thinking I'd like to make little sandwiches of roast chicken, cranberry sauce, and goat cheese. I pictured them being on very small rolls--2 or 3 inches across?--and don't want to deal with making them myself. I live in Arlington and work in Cambridge. Any suggestions where I can get ahold of little rolls? Thanks!

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    JemB Dec 21, 2006 01:55 PM

    Went to Iggy's before work today (can't believe I didn't know where it was! 5 minutes from my house!) and got a half dozen teeny little brioches and a half dozen cranberry pecan rolls. Mmmm. Can't wait to eat them with the roast chicken, cranberry sauce, and goat cheese.

    Just as I finished paying, the clerk showed me a bag of itsy-bitsy little rolls--she said they were croissants though they didn't look like the texture of croissants. They were coated in sesame seeds and were baked quite dark golden brown. They were about an inch and a half across. They had some cute little name that I can't remember. I might have gotten those if I had seen them sooner.

    Again, thanks, hounds!


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      JemB Dec 19, 2006 06:48 PM

      Lots of fab suggestions, everyone! Thanks, all. I think I'll definitely check Iggy's out--maybe even go before work on Thursday. Thanks again!

      1. MichaelB Dec 18, 2006 06:42 PM

        Possibly a little bit sweet for what you are doing, but if not, I really like the challah rolls from Wilson's Farm in Lexington (not far from the western end of Arlington). They have the exact size you're asking about. I believe they get them from Diamond Bakery in Newton (right near the Whole Foods on Beacon St.) but I'm not positive.

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        1. re: MichaelB
          JemB Dec 19, 2006 06:47 PM

          Lots of fab suggestions, everyone! Thanks, all. I think I'll definitely check Iggy's out--maybe even go before work on Thursday. Thanks again!

        2. BostonZest Dec 18, 2006 03:29 PM

          I had some really delicious small rolls from the Japonaise Bakery in Brookline this week. Here is the location and some opinions.


          1. finlero Dec 18, 2006 02:09 PM

            Iggy's in Fresh Pond should have a number of different options to suit you, including this nifty creation I can only think of as a "pod loaf", a circle of perhaps 20 little rolls baked together.

            Iggy's supplies Whole Foods in the Boston area, but you're so close to their actual bakery that it's worth it to go straight to the source.

            Go at lunchtime and pickup some pretty good gourmet sandwiches or pizza.

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            1. re: finlero
              JemB Dec 18, 2006 02:10 PM

              Thanks, Finlero! Ashamed to admit--but where is Iggy's? I thought it was in Watertown.

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                GretchenS Dec 18, 2006 02:14 PM

                Fawcett Street -- here's a link. http://www.iggysbread.com/main.html

                The Whole Foods at Fresh Pond has great-looking brioche rolls (Iggy's) in 6 packs, about the size you describe. They told me that they have them every day but best to get there early in the day to be sure as they often sell out.

                1. re: JemB
                  finlero Dec 18, 2006 02:14 PM

                  Don't be ashamed -- it's hiding in the industrial section of Fresh Pond, 130 Fawcett St.


                2. re: finlero
                  Chris VR Dec 18, 2006 07:34 PM

                  Great name for it- I love that "pod loaf". I used to work with a caterer who served those. Iggy's is also sold at Wild Oats. I usually keep a bag of their little rolls in the freezer.

                  1. re: finlero
                    Aloo0628 Dec 18, 2006 07:38 PM

                    sounds like you're talking about parker house rolls?

                    if you're in a pinch, Sister Schubert brand frozen Parker House rolls (get the "yeast" variety) are pretty yummy. I actually turn them into little sammiches myself sometimes at snack time.

                    1. re: Aloo0628
                      Chris VR Dec 19, 2006 01:06 AM

                      If finlero is thinking of the same ones I am, they aren't parker house rolls. It's sort of like a big monkey bread, with individual (sourdough?) rolls all stuck together in a tidy round shape.

                      1. re: Chris VR
                        finlero Dec 19, 2006 01:38 AM

                        Yes, those are they. I don't think they're sourdough...now that I think about it, they're likely made from the francese dough, but in convenient pod form.

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                          Aloo0628 Dec 19, 2006 04:18 AM

                          Interesting...well I don't know about these rolls of which you speak, but most Parker House rolls that I've seen also come in a "monkey bread" (good description!) sort of arrangment all stuck together in a tidy round shape.

                          An extra plug for these rolls...since they're made by folding an oval shaped piece of dough over on itself and then baking, they're really easy to stuff with sammich fillings...you could probably get away without even cutting them in half.

                          Good luck with whichever rolls you choose; your idea sounds delicious! :)

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