On the menu tonight – East Coast Donair! What is that?! It’s very much like a gyro. The seasonings include a lot of oregano and paprika along with a little cayenne for some heat. The sauce is garlicky and sweet.
I saw this dish made on Diner’s Drive-ins and Dives. Guy was somewhere in Canada, they made this dish and it looked great. It IS great! You should try it out yourself the next time you’re in the mood to try something a little different. If you can make meatloaf, you can make this dish. When you make it, let me know what you think.
East Coast Donair
East Coast Donair - very similar to a gyro.
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 4 tsp sweet paprika
- 4 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp pepper
- ¾ tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 3-4 cloves garlic, pressed or finely grated
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 2/3 granulated sugar
- 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- The Rest:
- 8-10 Lebanese-style Pita bread
- ½ Vidalia or red onion thinly sliced
- Shredded iceberg lettuce
- Chopped plum tomatoes
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, ground beef, garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, oregano, paprika, and cayenne pepper.
Mix the meat and spices to thoroughly combine.
Put the meat on a rimmed baking sheet and form into a 4”x6” loaf. Bake for about 2 hours or internal temperature of 160 degrees.
While the meat bakes, make the sauce.
In a bowl, stir together evaporated milk, sugar, and garlic powder until sugar dissolves. Add vinegar, gently stir mixture 4-5 times (don’t overmix). Cover and refrigerate for an hour.
Thinly slice the cooked meat loaf.
Heat 1 tbsp in a non-stick skillet, cook the beef slices until browned on each side.
Transfer to a bowl and continue cooking the meat slices.
Warm the pita bread.
Top the pita with beef, some of the Donair sauce, onion, lettuce, and tomatoes.