Real Food…Really Good

Ohhh LaLa Bacon Doughnuts

Sooo….my run on The Next Food Network Star came to an end this week!  In the end bacon was my demise …give a nice Jewish girl some bacon and see what she comes up with!   What a crazy and weirdly amazing experience.  I have made fabulous lifelong friendships and was able to partake in a great adventure!

Enough of that!!!  I have been getting bombarded!!!  On Sunday evening on the Cooking Channel’s After Party,  I sat down with Adam Gertler (yes, even hotter in person), super duper Sunny Anderson and sweet as can be Kelsey Nixon!  I made them Bacon Doughnuts….deep fried in bacon fat….topped with Nutella and sprinkled with crunchy bacon!  Why didn’t I think of this in Kitchen Stadium????!!!!!  Enjoy the recipe below!

Makes 10 dougnuts and doughnut holes!

1 cup warm milk

2 pks. Rapid Rise Dry Active Yeast

1 tsp. sugar

Warm milk, add yeast and sugar.

Mix and set aside for 8 minutes until foam forms

¾ cup boiled Yukon Gold potato (warm)

2 TB unsalted butter

½ cup crispy bacon

Mash potatoes and butter together until smooth.

Mix in bacon.

2 ¼ cups flour

¼ cup of sugar

Pinch of salt

Mix dry ingredients together.

Mix in potato mixture.

Add milk mixture and stir all ingredients together.

Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth (2 min).

Roll to a ¼ in. thick.

Cut out doughnuts using a 3in. cutter.  You may cut out the center as well for doughnut holes.

Place doughnuts on a lightly floured surface for 30 minutes until doubled in size.

3-4 cups of bacon grease or a mixture of bacon grease and vegetable oil.

Heat oil to 350-360 degrees.

Fry the dough until golden brown.  About 4 minutes per side.  3 min per side for the doughnut holes.

Drain on a paper towel.

Garnish

2 cups Nutella

½ cup half and half

1 cup crumbled bacon

Mix together Nutella and half and half until smooth.  When the doughnuts cool, dip in Nutella mixture and top with crumbled bacon.

1 cup sugar

¼ crispy bacon

Blend in a food processor until the bacon is incorporated into the sugar.

***Roll doughnut hole is bacon sugar while warm.

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9 responses

  1. beth

    so wrong….but so right….isn’t that life?

    August 12, 2010 at 12:24 am

  2. David Espinoza

    Oh yeah!! Bacon doughnuts! 🙂
    Something both, the dog and I, can enjoy together! Can you say “bonding”?? 🙂

    August 12, 2010 at 12:33 am

  3. Barry Dobson

    Sounds great but I think my doctor would flip!

    August 12, 2010 at 2:39 am

  4. Stephanie Spann

    Followed Aarti’s link on FB to your blog. YUM! These sound delicious! I think I’ll be making a few dozen for BACONFEST 2010 😀

    August 12, 2010 at 3:12 am

  5. My husband and I have both totally enjoyed FNS this season! I know you had SO much fun, even with all the stress. =) This particular recipe sounds just awesome…and yes, would have been perfect at Kitchen Stadium. 😉 But! No regrets! You are now on the way to something better for YOU. Best of luck! You’re adorable. =)

    August 12, 2010 at 1:06 pm

  6. Also! I forgot to say…I love your name. What a great name!

    August 12, 2010 at 1:08 pm

  7. Monique Hernandez

    From the very first show you were my pick. I loved watching you and how you absolutely lit up the screen. If anyone had to win it after you, I’m glad Aarti did. Looking forward to seeing more of your recipes!

    August 16, 2010 at 2:53 am

  8. Kathy O

    Lucky me
    I am hiring Aria to prepare a very special Birthday dinner for my parents.
    I’ll let you all know how it turns out.I’m sure we’ll all be licking our fingers

    August 29, 2010 at 10:55 pm

  9. Yummy!!! If I take the coffee you bring the doughnuts??
    Joel says hi… by the way we are following u on tweeter now

    September 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

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