Posted by: Thomas Drinkard | February 17, 2013

Beignets for the Times You Can’t Go to New Orleans

We love beignets, but can’t go to New Orleans to get them as often as we’d like.

There are great recipes that involve making dough, letting it rise, etc.  But, no, too much work.
Here’s a great way to enjoy what I’ll call Faux Beignets.  They’re easy and tasty.

  • Buy a can or two of refrigerated biscuits from your favorite supermarket.
  • Make sure you have fresh vegetable oil (we use canola) on hand.
  • Have some confectioner’s sugar on hand
  • Cinnamon is also good
  • Open the biscuit can and separate the biscuits
  • Heat the oil (about 3″ deep) to 375 degrees (electric deep fryer) or until it is almost smoking, if using another vessel.
  • Mash the biscuits by hand until they’re about 1/4″ thick and fold them over, pinch the edges and drop them (carefully) into the oil. Cook until they’re golden brown.
  • Dip your Faux Beignets out with a slotted spoon or ladle and serve on a plate lined with paper towels.
  • Dredge the lovely little rascals in powdered sugar or a mix of sugar and cinnamon. Serve with coffee or cappuccino.
  • Yum!



  1. oddly enough, this post popped up in my inbox just after leaving a resturant that serves Beignets… good ones. LOL. I even ate one.

    • I love beignets. I hope you enjoy these.

  2. Ooh, Danny and I will have to try these, thanks for sharing, Tom!

    • Terre, these don’t rival the ones we enjoy at Morning Call in Metairie, LA, but they’ll do for a quick treat at home.

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