Donairs have a special place in my life. I never ate a donair until I was dating my husband. We used to go to this little donair shop a lot (they knew us and exactly how we liked our donairs). This is where my love for them started. Once we were married and had kids, our budget didn’t allow us to get donairs whenever we wanted. So I started making my own – from a package. Then one day I decided to be adventurous and create my own recipe for homemade donairs. This adventure took seven tries to come up with the best donair meat. Of course, my husband did not mind this adventure as he got his donair fix once a week.
These homemade donairs have become a staple in our house. And this meal graces our table at least every couple of weeks. The great part about this is that you can make traditional donairs and/or donair salads – satisfying multiple taste buds at your table. When you ditch the pita and make a salad you can satisfy the gluten sensitive people in your life as well. Win/win!
The Best Homemade Donairs with Sweet Sauce
- 2 lbs Ground Beef
- 4 cloves Garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp Oregano
- 1 Tbsp Paprika
- 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
- 1½ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Chili Powder
- ½ tsp Cayenne Pepper
- ½ tsp Pepper
Sweet Donair Sauce
- 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- ¼ cup Vinegar
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- 6 Pitas
- 1 head Iceberg Lettuce, chopped
- 1 Tomato, diced
- ½ Onion, diced
- Sweet Pickles
- Pickled Banana Peppers
- Mozzarella Cheese, sliced
- Preheat oven to 300°
- Mix all of the seasonings together in a small bowl. Then add them to your ground beef in a metal bowl.
- Toss and knead your meat until it is a smooth consistency. You do this by picking up your meat mixture and throwing it hard into the bowl about 15-20 times, kneading it each time.
- Place in a loaf pan and push the meat hard into the pan – allowing any air pockets to be removed.
- Bake in the oven for 2 hours.
- Remove loaf from pan and wrap in tin foil. Place a frying pan (filled with cans of food for weight) on top of the loaf for 1 hour to compact the meat for easy cutting. (This is an optional step).
- Let cool and refrigerate overnight for best results.
- When cooled, slice the meat thinly.
- Melt butter (you could use olive oil too, but butter makes the most delicious end product) in a frying pan and fry both sides of each slice until brown and slightly crispy. Repeat until every slice is fried.
- Serve with pitas, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sweet pickles, pickled banana peppers, mozzarella cheese and sweet donair sauce.
Sweet Donair Sauce
- Mix ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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