The Popper-Style Donuts Of Your Chanukah Dreams!

Erin Grunstein December 14, 2022

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Looking for an EPIC donut recipe for your upcoming Chanukah party? This popper-style donut is what you’ve been looking for! 


I used a traditional sufganiya dough but made it a bit less sweet and stuffed it with delicious salami bits and onions. You can also stuff it with sautéed minced meat, fried chicken pieces, or even make it dairy and stuff with a pizza filling or pesto and cheese – the possibilities are endless!



Salami and Onion-Stuffed Savory Sufganiyot

Here’s how you make them:



Oil for frying



2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup warm carbonated water
1/2 cup warm non-dairy milk
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1/4 cup oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
3 and 1/2 to 4 cups all purpose flour


1 onion, diced
1 small salami, cubed very small


Spicy: 1/2 cup raspberry jam, 1/4 cup sriracha, 2 tablespoons mustard
BBQ: equal amounts honey and barbecue sauce (adjust as you prefer)


To make the salami mixture:


1. Sauté 1 onion on low heat until caramelised (I usually make a large batch of caramelised onions and freeze in portions to save time).


2. Add salami cubes to the pan and sauté until edges start browning. Add 3 tablespoons of the sauce of your choice to the mixture. Set aside.

To make the sufganiya dough:


1. Combine sugar, warm carbonated water, and warm parve milk with yeast. Allow for it to activate.

2. In the meantime, in a large bowl, combine oil, salt and egg. Pour activated yeast into mixture and slowly add flour. Knead for 5 minutes.


3. Cover with plastic wrap and a towel. Allow to rise until it has doubled in size.

4. Punch down and roll out dough.


5. Use a 2-inch cookie cutter to cut dough circles and fill each dough circle with salami mixture. Allow to rise, covered for an additional 30 minutes.

6. Heat 2 inches of oil in a large pan until temperature is 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry donuts, flipping when brown, and top with remaining sauce.



Prior to the second rising, place donuts on parchment squares. This allows you to easily place the donuts into the oil without damaging their shape and also helps when flipping them.

Add a carrot to your frying oil, which helps keep the oil clean.

To be sure your oil is at the right temperature, place the back of a wooden spoon in the oil – if it bubbles, it is ready.