Donair and homemade pitas

I prefer to think of this as a Canadian Gyro. I have no idea how it is supposed to be pronounced anyway.

Thanks so much for the idea, Lynn!


1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground oregano
1 tsp flour
1 tsp dried minced onion
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp garlic powder
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 lb ground beef

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all of the spices in a small bowl.

Place ground been in food processor. Sprinkle with spices. Combine in food processor, pulsing for 1-2 minutes or until the meat is finer and holds together well.

Form into a loaf. Place on a broiler pan and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, flipping once. Allow to cool some before slicing into thin slices.

Serve on a pita with lettuce, tomato, and sauce below.

6 servings

Nutritional info (meat only): 164 calories; 8g fat; 1g carbs; 0g fiber; 11g protein.

donair sauce

1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
¾ cup sugar
2 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp white vinegar

Combine all ingredients. Creates a thin sauce for donairs. (It is also good as a slaw dressing.)

24 servings, 1 tbsp each.

Nutritional info per tbsp: 41 calories; 8g fat; 1g carb; 0g fiber; 11g protein.


2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 ¼ cup warm water
3 cups flour
1 ½ tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil

Combine yeast, sugar, and warm water in a bowl and allow yeast to proof, 5-10 minutes.

Whisk flour and salt together in a separate bowl.

After yeast has bloomed, add flour mixture and olive oil and use stand mixer to combine. Add a little more water if necessary to form a ball (I had to add about 2 extra tablespoons).

Change to the hook attachment and knead for 10 minutes on low. Move dough to a large bowl brushed with olive oil. Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 90 minutes.
After dough has risen, divide into 8 pieces and roll into balls. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise an additional 30 minutes.

Preheat oven and pizza stone to 400. Roll out each dough until round and flat. Bake for 4-5 minutes or until baked through and puffy.

8 servings

Nutritional info: 208 calories; 4g fat; 37g carb; 2g fiber; 5g protein.


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One response to “Donair and homemade pitas

  1. Being a vegetarian, I will not be trying this recipe; however I have always wanted to try to make pitas from scratch. Now that is a recipe I will be trying.

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