Great Ideas

updated 03/28/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/28/2011 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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A HOLE NEW SPIN ON DONUTS

Bacon toppings, fun flavors, new shapes: How bakeries are reinventing the classic treat

On the menu: cinnamon donuts sprinkled with coffee beans, banana with candied bacon, or sweet potato topped with cream cheese glaze.

OUTSIDE THE BOX

(1) REGIS PHILBIN and KELLY RIPA sampled the square donuts filled with blackberry jam from N.Y.C.'s Doughnut Plant.

(2) Donuts from Chicago's Bleeding Heart Bakery (CRYSTAL BOWERSOX is a fan) include ingredients like avocado, candied rose petals and wasabi peas.

(3) ANTHONY BOURDAIN praised the "nonconformist" flavors at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Ore., which serves this M&M-topped sugar rush.

HOT NEW DESSERT

RIHANNA has indulged in the Carnival, a dessert at New York City nightspot Abe & Arthur's that features ricotta donuts. Diners can also create their donut holes with their choice of strawberry or caramel filling.

DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR!

• ROBERT DOWNEY JR. filmed a scene at the L.A.-area landmark Randy's Donuts for Iron Man 2. ($8.95 per dozen plus overnight shipping; randys-donuts.com)

AWARD-WINNING BURGER

Chopped star Marc Murphy wowed the judges at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival's Burger Bash

THE BIG MARC

Serves: 6

SPIKED KETCHUP

½ cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1½ tsp. roasted garlic

¾ cup ketchup

5 tbsp. vodka

2½ lbs. 80/20 ground beef, formed into 6½-in. thick patties

Salt and pepper

2 tbsp. canola oil

6 potato rolls

6 tbsp. melted butter

6 slices cheddar cheese

Black pepper

36 slices bread-and-butter pickles

12 tbsp. spiked ketchup

1. In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and roasted garlic. Add ketchup and vodka and mix.

2. Season patties with salt and pepper and coat with oil. In a very hot skillet or on a grill, sear patties for 4 minutes on one side. Flip and cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm. Wipe out skillet.

3. Brush potato rolls all over with melted butter. Toast on both sides, in the skillet or on the grill. Put 1 cheese slice on top half of roll. Grind some black pepper over cheese and put in toaster oven or back on grill until cheese melts, 1 minute.

4. Place 6 pickle slices on each bottom roll, top with hamburger, and spoon 2 tablespoons spiked ketchup on burger. Top with other half of roll.

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