Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
I have been a cook at various eating establishments around Halifax. I have even been a pizza/donair cook. Being a lover of Donair's I have put together my own recipe for Donair. I have been making it for a couple of years now, and many people have told me it is one of the best Donair's they have had. So I hope you will enjoy it too.
- 1 lb of medium ground beef
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 1 teaspoon ground oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon italian seasoning
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 398 ml whole milk
- 175 ml sugar
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 4 -6 teaspoons white vinegar
- DONIR MEAT: take all the spices mix them together well add the spices to the meat a little at a time,working the spices through the meat well when spices are all worked into the meat,pick the meat up and throw it down into a steel mixing bowl.
- Do this 20-30 times, kneading it after each time.
- When throwing the meat you need to throw it down with force.
- This gives the meat the proper texture, like you find at a donair shop. Once this is done cut the meat into 1 lb loafs; pat the meat like you would a hamburger, but make it into a loaf shape. Place the loaves on a broiler pan (if you don't have one a cookie sheet will do). Bake at 350°F for 1-1/4 hrs (turn them over at half the way through).
- Let the meat cool down before you cut it.
- Once it is cut up, you can fry it or not, depending if you like your donair meat crispy or not.
- DONAIR SAUCE: Open the can of milk pour it into a steel or glass bowl (not plastic--it won't set up properly in plastic). Pour the sugar & garlic powder in; mix this together well.
- Slowly add the vinegar and mix this together slowly. (If you mix the vinegar in too fast it won't thicken up properly).
- Once this is done cover and refrigerate.
- TO PREPARE DONAIRS: Heat the meat up in a frying pan till it is lightly crispy.
- Wet a pita bread and place it into a lightly oiled pan; cook it until it is soft on medium heat.
- Once this is done, take sauce & lightly coat the pita on one side.
- Place about 100g of meat and then pour more donair sauce over it.
- Place chopped onion & tomatoes on it.
- bon appitite!
- PS. The leftover meat can be kept in the freezer for future use. The sauce however will only last a couple of days once refrigerated.
I discovered this recipe a few years ago on allrecipes.com and make it a few times a year. After the loaf is cooked, I wait until it has cooled, slice the meat and freeze the slices. Whenever I crave a homemade donair, I just fry them up straight from frozen.
An excellent recipe! Very close to the donairs I've always loved. I did however use my own sauce recipe(Big John's Gyros/Donair Sauce) as it is the exact sauce donair shops I frequent use. It's nice to find a recipe that's so close. Thanks for posting. As far as the comments about this sauce, mine and others using garlic etc and not being "authentic Nova Scotia" donair sauces... I suggest the poster go to England or Europe and order from one of the million or so shops there. This is NOT a Canadian food and you don't have exclusive knowledge.
I have found this to be as close to my fave donair shop. I disagree with this being truly revolting. When I tried it, I tripled the meat, but quadrupled the spices. It was great, my family loved it, it was devoured. The sauce is great, I also made a dill sauce for those who didn't want the sweet sauce, it was totally awesome. This is the best, and I have tried others, I have even had a sweet donair meat, that was truly revolting. This is the best , and this is coming from guys who have worked in restaurants and such, and picky eight year olds and a really picky 21 year old. My family loved it. The only complaint was it put them to sleep lol