Many would say a night out in Halifax wouldn’t be complete without a donair. Nova Scotia donair kebabs are unique – a combination of heavily spiced salty meat, sweet and garlicky sauce and soft pita that leave you covered in sauce and completely satisfied. If you can’t make a trip out East, then try making a healthy Halifax-inspired version at home. Have lots of napkins at the ready!

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Nova Scotia Donair Kebab

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Makes: 8 donairs

Donair Meat:
2 lbs lean ground beef
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
Freshly ground pepper

Donair Sauce:
1 (370ml) can evaporated milk
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar

Donair Toppings:
1 small sweet onion, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
8 large pitas

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. In the bowl of a food processor combine the ground beef, spices and egg. Whirl the mixture until fully combined, about 30 seconds.
3. Shape the meat into a loaf shape (like a large meatloaf) and place on the prepared baking sheet.
4. Cook for 1 hour, or until the meat is cooked through and springy to the touch.
5. While the meat is cooking make your donair sauce. Combine milk with garlic and sugar. Gradually add white vinegar. Sauce will thicken.
6. Let the meat cool for about 20 minutes, this will make it easier to thinly slice.
7. Thinly slice donair meat (about 1/8 inch thick). Warm your pita and fill with meat, top with donair sauce, onions and tomatoes. Wrap in foil to have the real donair experience or eat as is and have lots of napkins handy!