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Caramelized Corn, Thyme, and Onion Donut Holes

carmelized corn, thyme and onion donut holes

A savory take on the quintessential Chanukah donut filled with the flavors of fall. Perfect for Thanksgivukkah or any Hanukkah or Thanksgiving feast. You will love the flavors of the sweet corn wrapped in a crispy fried dough.

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  • 16Servings


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 (11-ounce) can corn niblets, drained well
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 cup Manischewitz All Natural Chicken or Vegetable Broth
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough
  • Canola oil


1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onions and sauté until just beginning to brown. Add corn and thyme and sauté until onions are caramelized. 

2.  Add broth and reduce until almost all the liquid has been absorbed into the onion mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste and remove from the heat.

3. Divide filing into 16 equal sized portion and divide pizza dough into 16 equal sized pieces.

4. Take one of the dough pieces, flatten it, and place a portion of the filling in the middle. Pull the edges of the dough around the fillings and pinch closed completely. Smooth into a ball shape with your hands. Repeat with the remaining dough pieces and filling.

5. Fill a large pot halfway up with canola oil. Heat over medium high heat until oil reaches 375°F on a deep fry thermometer.

6. Using a spoon carefully drop donut holes into the hot oil, a few at a time. Do not overcrowd the pot. Cook until brown, then flip to brown evenly on both sides, cooking a few minutes on each side.

7. Remove and drain on a paper towel lined baking sheet.
Repeat until all donut holes are cooked. Serve immediately.