Sweet donuts and gooey cheese combine to create the ultimate indulgent sandwich! This Donut Grilled Cheese is a carnival style treat that’s easy to make at home!
Donut Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Yes, you read that right!
We made a grilled cheese sandwich…using donuts as the bread!
My husband used to own a food truck, so he is very experienced in making guilty-pleasure carnival-style food. Not that we eat that way all the time, but it’s fun to have a treat every once in a while! (Fried Oreos are another favorite…stay tuned for the recipe!)
If you are looking for the ultimate mix of sweet and savory to satisfy those splurge day cravings, then this Donut Grilled Cheese is IT. A sweet glazed donut smothered in melty cheese…it is one of those things that makes you close your eyes when you eat it…it is that good!
Even better, this recipe is incredibly easy! The base recipe is only 2 ingredients, though you can customize with add-ins to amp up the experience.
So without further ado, I present to you the Carnival Style Donut Grilled Cheese…
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- Glazed Donuts
- Provolone Cheese
Kitchen Tools Used
- Square Griddle Pan (we have two of these at home and use them every day!)
To prep, slice your donuts in half. You will need one donut (two halves) for each sandwich.
While you slice the donuts, place a skillet or flat griddle pan on the stovetop over medium heat.
Layer your sandwich with at least one slice of cheese. You can use two slices if you like it extra cheesy!
When building the sandwich, flip the donut halves so that the inside of the donut (where you sliced it) is now the top and bottom of the sandwich. This will make it easier to grill, and the glazed coating will stay inside the sandwich…not on the pan.
When your pan is hot, mist with non-stick cooking spray or coat with butter.
Place the sandwich on your prepared pan and cook until the bottom begins to caramelize, or about 2 minutes. Carefully flip and cook the top surface of the sandwich the same way.
Remove from pan and serve warm.
Tip: For some delicious variations, try this donut grilled cheese with red chile flakes, bacon, or peanut butter! The possibilities are endless!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Use a Different Type of Cheese?
Sure! I love provolone because of its mild, salty flavor, which perfectly complements the sweet glazed donut. However, you can use any cheese that you prefer.
You can also use blocks of cheese, rather than thin slices, if that is what you have on hand. The melting time might vary just a bit, depending on the consistency of the cheese used.
Can This Sandwich Be Reheated?
Of course, just like a regular grilled cheese, you can save any leftovers and reheat later. Keep leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. To reheat, place on your griddle pan and warm until the cheese begins to melt.
Keep in mind that a reheated sandwich is never quite as perfect as when it is freshly made. However, this is a SUPER easy recipe, so you can make a new fresh sandwich any time!
More of our Favorite Donut Recipes
- Apple Blueberry Donuts
- Glazed Blueberry Lemon Donuts
- Red White and Blue Donuts
- BBQ Donuts
- Gluten Free Apple Pie Donuts
Donut Grilled Cheese Recipe (Printable Copy)
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Donut Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Griddle Pan
- 1 Glazed donut sliced in half
- 1 slices Provolone cheese
- Heat a frying pan or flat griddle pan over medium heat. Coat pan with non-stick spray or butter.
- Slice the donuts in half. Place one or two slices of Provolone cheese in the middle to form a sandwich, with the inside surface of the donut facing outward.
- Cook for 2 minutes on one side, flip, and cook for about 2 minutes on the other side. You want the surface to be golden brown. If it starts to get too dark, reduce heat or remove from pan.
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