One of my favorite food days is almost here guys, National Donut Day is this Friday, June 5th! Whoever is responsible for making a special day for the donut deserves a raise, get it? raise-yeast-donut.
Okay so I’m no comedian, but I can make donuts and when I’m challenged to make a savory donut with Sabra Hummus, you can bet your sweet pants that I’ll come up with one somehow! Savory donuts are totally a thing, I never knew but it makes sense. As long as you dress your savory donut in a savory style then it’s a win-win. Instead of rolling my donut in sugar, I switched it out for dry aged Parmesan Cheese and my savory hummus donut challenge was perfected. I used Sabra’s Basil Pesto Hummus and added grated mozzarella cheese to the dough.
Don’t throw those donut holes away either my friends, those will make a great appetizer and are awesome for dipping in some of the leftover basil pesto hummus. This is your chance to freak out your friends when they come over for dinner because they’ll think you’ve went crazy, until they start popping them in their mouths.
There’s so many things you could do with savory donuts but I wanted to stay with the classic basil pesto flavor of the hummus so a mozzarella caprese donut sandwich seemed like the legit way to go. All it needed was a splash of balsamic vinegar and more fresh basil leaves.
Happy National Donut Day!
As a tastemaker for Sabra, compensation was provided for this delicious donut creation. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
Savory Basil Pesto Hummus Donut
- 1 quart of canola oil
- 1 teaspoons envelope of quick rising dry yeast 2 1/4
- 2 tablespoons warm water
- 3 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon of all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup Sabra Basil Pesto Hummus
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 oz stick Soft butter 2
- 1 cup dry Parmesan Cheese *see notes*
- 2 slices ripe tomato
- 2 slices thick mozzarella cheese
- Balsamic vinegar
- leaves Fresh basil
- Pour the canola oil into a large deep 2 qt pot.
- In a small bowl mix the yeast with warm water until dissolved.
- Add the flour, hummus, milk, grated mozzarella butter and yeast mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Mix on low speed until the dough comes together, Scrape down and continue mixing for 5-6 more minutes.
- Rub the inside of a bowl with about 1 tablespoon of the oil. this will prevent the dough from sticking to the sides on it's first rise.
- Dump the dough out onto a floured work surface and knead into a ball shape. Transfer to the bowl and cover with a clean towel.
- Let the dough rise in a warm place for about 1 -1/2 hours or it has doubled in size. *see notes*
- Dump the dough back out onto the table and roll out until it's about 1 inch thick.
- Using a 3 inch circle cutter, cut out the donuts.
- Use a smaller punch for the center, an upside down pastry tip usually works best for me and cut out the donut holes.
- Dust a 9 x 13 baking tray with some flour and lay each donut on it making sure to leave some space between them.
- Save the donut holes and lay on the baking tray also.
- Cover the tray with the towel and let rise again for about 45m - 1 hour depending on how warm your kitchen is.
- Heat the oil to a temperature of 375 degrees making sure to use a thermometer for accuracy.
- Once the donuts have finished their second rise place one or two into the hot oil, being careful not to deflate them while lifting them from the tray.
- Fry each donut for about 45-55 seconds per side.
- Transfer the donuts to a plate lined with paper towel to drain.
- Once cool, roll the tops of the donut in the Parmesan Cheese including the donut holes.
- You can eat them like this or slice the donuts in half and fill with the tomato slices, mozzarella and 2-3 fresh basil leaves.
- Drizzle with some balsamic vinegar and serve at once.
Wow, savory donuts!!! These look and sound incredible!
Thanks Tori, I appreciate it :)
Savory doughnuts?! THIS is awesome! A doughnut sandwich with all things caprese?! Wow wow wow… Seriously, my food dreams are made of this!
Thanks Kate :)
You are a total bad ass!!! Savory doughnuts?!! #WINNING!!!!
I want that on a t shirt Lauren!!
Savory donuts are a thing? I feel like I’ve been missing out all these years! Gotta try it!
Me too Jen, until now :)
These are perhaps the most unique donuts I’ve seen. Never considered dipping them into hummus. They look incredible!
Cheers Mary Frances!!
A savoury donut? OMG! And great photos too, my friend. I want to be you when I grow up.
I’ll take that as a compliment Carolyn :) Great hanging out with you in your awesome city!!
Wow…love this idea of a savory donut and the texture looks beautiful! So unique and with tasty flavors – I think you’re on to something like the next food trend. Delicious!!
Wow, that’d be funny Cristina!
Damn this looks amazing and soooo beautifully styled!!
I adore the idea of a savory donut! And making a sandwich with one??? I want that for lunch!
Gerry, oh my goodness…I never in my wildest dreams would have thought that donuts could be savory. Guess I’m too old school.
I’m forever eating Sabra Hummus out of the container, but will definitely have to put a container aside for this recipe!
I know right, Lynne, but it was super tasty!
love the idea of a savory donut!
You’re sharing my brain Kelly!!
This is so cool! It’s the fist savory donut I have ever seen and it looks amazing! Nice job!
Thanks Thao :)
Never in a million years would I think to make doughnuts with my favorite hummus! These are very intriguing to try.
Ans super tasty Carla :)
I’d like to think that I’ve tried it all when it comes to donuts, but savory? Mind blown!! I am totally loving these – especially that donut sandwich!
Thanks Deborah :) So cool to meet you last weekend!
This is pure genius! Love it. So great to meet you at Indulge this weekend!
Such a cool idea! I’ve NEVER heard or thought of this before. Well done. It was awesome meeting you this past weekend at Indulge PDX and winning avocados together!
Hey Bonnie, it was fun meeting you too, go Team Wasabi :)
I absolutely love the “roll them in Parm” bit–just perfect! For my next go-round with savory doughnuts–and there will be a next time–I’ll have to go the fried route. Fried is often the only answer!
OH eh GEE! I never would have thought a savory donut would be my thing until I saw this post!
OMG Gerry these are stunning! And I love the idea of a savory donut. These sound so good!!
Thanks Lauren :)
These look great! Just wondering, what could I use instead of hummus? I wanted to make a sundried tomato and basil donut and this is the method and ingredients that seem closest to what I’m looking for, but just trying to figure out how to substitute the hummus?
not sure Jay, maybe some kind of other dip or sour cream mixture?