Bacon Pineapple Donuts

Bacon Donuts

Inspired by his work as a pizza maker thirty years ago, Harry Soo’s Bacon Donuts takes the best of a Hawaiian pizza and transform it into a fun appetizer. Gooey mozzarella is wrapped in salty bacon and perfectly balanced by the fruity sweetness of pineapple. Serve these appetizers with a marinara sauce for dipping.

It can be tricky to wrap the cheese with bacon. The best tasting solution when developing this recipe was to hold the mozzarella in position by cradling the cheese slices in an onion “bowl” while you wrap the bacon. Sweet onions, like a Vidalia or Maui, are best. Make sure to save the remaining pieces of onion for another dish.

This recipe does take a bit of patience and practice. Be careful with the pineapple, so that it doesn’t break, and avoid wearing gloves (for nimble fingers). If you let the bacon come up to room temperature it will be more pliable and easier to work with. Use bacon that has alternating layers of meat and fat, avoiding bacon that only has bands of fat. For more flavor, cook the rings in your pit (like a Weber Kettle) or cook in the oven on a mesh rack.

Bacon Pineapple Donuts Recipe

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Bacon Donuts
Bacon donuts are pieces of gooey mozzarella wrapped in salty bacon and perfectly balanced by the fruity sweetness of pineapple. Serve these grilled appetizers with a marinara sauce for dipping.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Ready in 50 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseAppetizer
DifficultyExperienced
MethodGrill

Ingredients

  • 3 large sweet yellow onions
  • 1 can sliced pineapple rings
  • 8 mozzarella string cheese sticks
  • 24 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon Slap Yo’ Daddy Meat Rub
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce for dipping

Equipment

  • grill

Directions

  • Peel the onions. Cut them into slices 1/3-inch-thick.
  • Drain the juice from the pineapple rings and set aside 8 slices.
  • Match the onion rings to the size of the pineapple slices—choose rings that have more of a bowl shape to help hold the string cheese in place.
  • Tear the mozzarella string cheese in half. Place one half of the mozzarella in the onion ring and cut the other half to fill in the remaining gap. Place the cut piece filling in the gap.
  • Stack the mozzarella-lined onion ring on the pineapple and start wrapping it with bacon slices. Use two to three slices of bacon per ring. Just take it slow and keep it all in place and it will eventually wrap – sometimes it takes some repositioning or re-stuffing of the string cheese into the ring.
  • Once wrapped, sprinkle each piece with the meat and rub it to your taste.
  • Preheat the grill to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  • On the indirect side of the grill add the bacon pineapple donuts and cook for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool down for a few minutes before serving with your favorite dipping sauce, such as marinara.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 1481mgCalcium: 133mgVitamin C: 27mgVitamin A: 289IUSugar: 34gFiber: 5gPotassium: 830mgCholesterol: 117mgCalories: 885kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 23gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 25gFat: 65gProtein: 32gCarbohydrates: 47gIron: 2mg

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