I told my family that I would post all things Canadian for them. Brandon and I just ate lunch at a little sub shop (Mr. Lazi's Subs) downtown Fort Saskatchewan. My boss at The Blu Poppy introduced me to donairs last week. Brandon was asking me what exactly is a donair. Frankly I didn't know how to describe it except that its comparable to a gyro and delicious. So, thank you Wikipedia for your generous information on the donair:
is a variation on the döner kebab
. It was originally introduced in Halifax, Nova Scotia
in the early 1970s. A restaurant called King of Donair
claims to have been the first to serve this version in 1973. The owners of King of Donair had originally tried selling Greek Gyro
sandwiches, but had a hard time selling them so replaced the lamb with beef and the tzatziki
with a sweet garlic sauce, thus inventing the Donair. When the owners
of King of Donair approached a local printer, Leo Arkelian of Halcraft
Printers to design advertising, he suggested the new anglicized
spelling, making it unique to the Halifax area.
The meat is sliced from a loaf cooked on a vertical spit, made from a
combination of ground beef, flour or bread crumbs, and various spices.
The sweet sauce is made from evaporated milk, sugar, vinegar, and
garlic. The meat and sauce are served rolled in a flat-bread pita with
diced tomato and onion. The donair is very popular throughout the
Atlantic provinces of Canada, and is also available in some other areas
of the country like Alberta and Southern Ontario
with many fast food pizza restaurants also featuring donairs on the
menu. Some also offer a donair pizza featuring all of the donair
ingredients served on a pizza crust. A Donair dipping sauce
may also be included.
|donair meat on a vertical spit|
|the classic donair|