The Maritime Donair

Donairs! I want a donair! Specifically a Pizza Delight Super Donair; however, since the nearest restaurant is 12 hours away in Alberta, I`m going to make them at home, so I need help from my fellow Maritimers especially. 🙂

Anyone who has had a Pizza Delight Super Donair knows the desperation…. LOL

Donair Meat

1 lb groud beef
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 to 1 teaspoon italian seasoning (optional – we don’t prefer it, but it is part of the original recipe)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoons cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Knead for 20 minutes, or mix in food processor with blade attachment till dough is somewhat pasty (usually only a couple minutes on low).

Shape into a loaf and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet (for easy clean-up).

Bake in 350F oven for 35-50 minutes, until internal meat temperature reaches 160F. Loaves may be sliced thin immediately with serrated bread knife, or  cooled and sliced thin. Meat can be frozen for future use.

Donair Sauce:

1 1/3 cup canned sweetened condensed milk (see below the recipe for easy/cheap substitute)
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tsp garlic powder

Combine all ingredients and stir well until fully combined. Makes a thick, sweet, garlicky sauce.

I’m sure this won’t compare to the one’s you get on a late Saturday night in Halifax! You Haligonians know what I’m talking about!

How to prepare the Donair:

If you’ve cooled the meat, reheat in a frying pan. Dip a pita bread in water and fry in frying pan to soften. Place a small amount of sauce on bread. Top with meat, chopped onions and tomatoes and finish off with more sauce. Roll up or serve open face on a plate.


Sweetened Condensed Milk Substitute

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons instant dry milk
1/2 cup warm water
3/4 cup granulated white sugar

To use this substitute in the sauce, simply combine ingredients of both sauce and substitute in blender and mix till blended.

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