Posted by: Jason Wood | July 13, 2010

Downhome Donairs

Growing up my Dad was in the CDN Armed Forces, Air Force, and we spent a large part of my youth in Nova Scotia. Anyone that grew up in Nova Scotia feels a lot of pride about the quality of the donairs that you could get there, the best anywhere. You can always spot someone that grew up back east by the tone of reverence in their voice when they speak of donairs. Not being able to get back to Halifax on anything regarding a regular basis, this is the closest I have come to recreating that taste.

Meat and a whole lot of spice – how can you go wrong?!

2 pounds ground beef, 2 teaspoons salt, 2 teaspoons flour, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Here is all the spices in a bowl. Mix the spices in with the beef. It is important to work the ground beef so that it has a very smooth texture. You do this by kneading the beef like bread, and then picking it up and slamming it (HARD!) down onto the counter. Do this at least 20 times, and knead the meat in-between each slam.

Form the meat into a giant patty and place on a foil lined baking pan. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour and 15 minutes, turning it over halfway through to ensure it is cooked evenly all the way through.

While the meat is cooking you can make the sweet garlic sauce. 3/4 cup white sugar and 2 teaspoons of garlic powder.

add 4 teaspoons of white vinegar and 1 can of evaporated milk.

Once the meat is out of the oven carve it into thin slices. Mmmm, the smell of this will have you picking pieces off and snacking the whole time.

OK, time to make the donairs! You need some tortillas. Lay the tortilla down on a sheet of foil and lay a few slices of meat down.

put some sliced tomatoes, lettuce and red onions down and drizzle some of the sweet garlic sauce.

Fold the tortilla and twist the foil at one end to hold in all the juices in while you eat (donairs, while delicious, can be messy!)

Mmmm. Looks good!

Serve it up with some home fries and enjoy.

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