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Let's Go: Can I Make "Donair"? (Canadian Gyro)



I saw this on Pinterest from dishesanddustbunnies.com and it looked like a gyro, which I haven't had in awhile, so I wanted to try it! It's a Canadian version of a gyro from the Halifax region.


"Donairs have been compared the the Greek gyros wrap or the middle eastern shawarma however the meat is all beef and seasoned with different spices.  The meat is traditionally cooked on a spinning grill much like the one in the picture to the right."



https://www.pinterest.com/pin/422423640048777691/

https://dishesanddustbunnies.com/make-famous-atlantic-canadian-halifax-donair/


I also made fresh pita bread to go with it. Check out that post!

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Attempt #1:


I wasn't sure how it would turn out because I still haven't figured out how to use my food processor. Haha! :) Grinding the meat seemed to be a key part of the recipe, but I thought I would give it a try anyways. I thought it might end up more as a burger rather than gyro meat.



Ingredients (I made 1 lb.; 1/3 batch):

  • 3 lbs lean ground beef (not shown)

  • 3/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs

  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper

  • 1 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 2 tsp dried oregano

  • 3 tsp paprika

  • 2 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp salt


I mixed everything together and formed a loaf. Then I baked it at 300 degrees for about 1 hr. 15 min. or so -- mine was 1/3 the size of the recipe (so I cooked it for a shorter amount of time). Then, I let it cool to room temperature and then cool in the fridge overnight. So far so good.


The next day:


After it cooled overnight, I was pleasantly surprised! I could cut it into slices. I browned them as in the recipe. It would have worked better if I had used the food processor.




RESULT: Success! :)


We are good at this! It was tasty and it was pretty easy to make. It's just like making a meatloaf and then you cool it overnight and slice it the next day for your sandwich.


You can take a trip to Halifax by making a Donair. :) There is a Donair sauce, which I didn't make. I just added some sour cream to it, sort of like a makeshift Tzatziki (provided some cool creaminess to the sandwich).


Give it a try! We are good at this!









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