Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | June 23, 2011

Grilled Doughnuts

Dedication: This post is dedicated to a certain Mark Watson, of Gainesville, Florida, who is a known doughnut connoisseur.

Warning: This blog post promotes the ingestion of less-than-healthy foods. Read at your own risk!

According to one of the owners of Sunset Isle RV, who happens to be a gracious southern lady, grilled doughnuts are a delicacy which absolutely must be experienced by anyone wishing to wrap their heads (and stomachs) around what it is like to be “from the south”.

The other day, while working in the AdaBlue Cafe kitchen at the campground, Keith noticed a box of day-old Krispy Kreme doughnuts sitting on the counter, and made a comment on how doughnuts sure lose their appeal if they aren’t fresh.

Immediately, Ms Roberta went into action to give the other side of the stale doughnut story ~ relating how one of her favorite things to do as a child was to go to the drug store after school for grilled doughnuts and a Coke ~ while whipping up a little sample treat for Keith.

Our first attempt at grilled doughnuts ~ Heavenly!

It certainly is a simple dish to prepare: take one stale glazed doughnut, slice it in half and generously butter the cut side.

Place the doughnut, buttered side down on a preheated grill and toast until golden.

As the butter melts, it forms a thin crust on the cut side while the inside of the doughnut warms and softens, and the sugar on the glazed side melts into the interior. The result? A sweet, moist, slightly crispy treat that will surprise even the most picky palates.

Keith enjoyed his sample so much that I could only wrangle one bite, so we simply had to get some doughnuts for ourselves and test the recipe at home.

We picked up 6 glazed doughnuts at Wal Mart on our last trip into town, and let them sit for a few days (in a place we would not see them often, so we could be sure they would last long enough to get stale!)

The other night, after dinner, we decided a sweet treat was in order, so Keith whipped out the doughnuts and went to work grilling.

It didn’t take long and we were sitting down for a taste test and a short trip to grilled doughnut heaven ~ a sweet, buttery, soft and crunchy sort of place that is sure to put a smile on your face!

We somehow managed to eat just one doughnut that night, mainly so we would have supplies to repeat the process on subsequent nights.

Now, I can’t tell you if grilled doughnuts are a major southern comfort food, or if they are more of a cherished childhood memory for Ms. Roberta, but I can tell you that they are delicious, and if you don’t mind eating something that is “bad” for you on occasion, you should whip up a batch and experience them for yourself….just keep in mind that your doughnuts have to be stale!



  1. Just gave your post a shout out in honor of National Doughnut Day!


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