Fried Tailgate Donuts

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 09:08 AM

Most people are more concerned with the main course or the salty goodness & beverages of their tailgate menu. I have a sweet tooth. A simple easy breakfast or dessert food for your next tailgate is donuts. All you need is your outdoor propane deep fryer, or turkey fryer,  a can or two of packaged biscuits, powdered sugar & cinnamon, frying oil, a fryer skimmer, and a paper bag.

There are 2 ways that you can do the donuts. You can poke a hole in the center of each biscuit and make a full scale donut, with donut holes, or you can quarter each biscuit & roll them into balls, like donut holes.

To make regular donuts, lay out the biscuits on a cutting board and with a 1/4 to 1/2-inch round  biscuit cutter (or any small circle you can find, a shot glass for instance), cut out a hole from the middle of each biscuit.

Deep fry them in 350 degree oil until just golden and then flip with your oil skimmer to fry the other side.(About 3 minutes). Just a few at a time so as not to over crowd or lower your temperature too drastically. Make sure your oil stays at a constant 350 degrees. Too high of heat, your donuts will over cook on the outside & stay raw on the inside. Too low of a temp. and the donuts will absorb the oil instead of being sealed by it. We want donuts, not fat balls. Be careful not to cook them too long either.  Drain on paper towels. Toss  the cinnamon and sugar into a paper bag. (About 1/2 tsp cinnamon & about a 1\4 cup powdered sugar per can of packaged donuts. You can also add a pinch of nutmeg if you happen to have some in your tailgate bin). Place the still warm donuts in the paper bag & shake. Voila! Tailgate donuts! (You could also glaze  with a powdered sugar and milk mixture if so desired).

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