In a bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm water with 1 teaspoon of sugar.
Set aside for 5 minutes and allow to foam up.
Beat in milk, 1/2 cup sugar, egg, 1/4 cup of the butter and salt.
Add 2 cups of flour and beat until smooth.
Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth about 6-8 minutes (or knead in your stand mixer according to manufacturer's instructions)
Put the dough in a greased bowl. grease the top and cover it.
Allow to rise in a warm spot for about an hour, or until doubled.
Punch dough down.
Roll into 90 equal sized balls.
Dip the balls in the remaining melted butter and place three in greased muffin cups.
Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Brush with melted butter.
Serve with butter or honey butter.
These basic dinner rolls have numerous variations. Here are some of my favorites -
Substitute whole wheat flour for half the white flour called for. Remove 1 tablespoon of flour from each cup and replace it with 1 tablespoon of gluten to keep the rolls soft.
Dip the dough balls in melted butter mixed with garlic, Italian herbs mix, or even chili powder before putting them in the muffin tins.
Use a light vegetable oil or melted coconut oil in place of the butter to make them vegan.
When making the dough balls push your finger into each one to make a hole. Insert a mini-marshmallow that has been rolled in cinnamon sugar. Form the dough ball around the marshmallow to enclose it completely. Bake as directed.