Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Vegetarian-Friendly Donair "Meat"!:) ...You're welcome;)



Donair turnover and french fries, yum!!


     Hello all! I'm deviating a bit from my usual sewing-related posts! I'm quite excited about this recipe I've put together. I can't take all the credit, as I've borrowed the spice blend from an actual Donair meat recipe.

     I'm from the East Coast part of Canada where Donairs are quite popular. Its a spicy meat that is cut into strips and  typically served in a pita with chopped onion, tomato (sometimes mozzarella cheese) and Donair sauce (creamy, sweet & garlicy, yum!). You can also get Donair pizza, egg rolls, and my favourite, Donair panzerotti's which is like a pizza turnover. I recently developed this recipe to share with my vegetarian husband.

     We once had a "vegan donair" at a local restaurant (a couple years ago now), but honestly, it was horrible! Tasted like a soggy mushroom, though the sauce was great (made with coconut milk). My husband was not impressed with that donair either and I assured him not to judge all donairs based on that one experience! I recently put together this recipe and my husband was won over and has requested it several times since. Makes me happy!:)





 This Veggie "Ground Round" is the base for the "meat". I love this stuff, its so versatile!



Below I'll have lots of self-explanatory photos:)










Donair "Meat"
-1 pkg Yves Original Ground Round
-1 tsp ground oregano
-1 tsp all-purpose flour
-1/2 tsp ground black pepper
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
-1/2 garlic powder
-1/2 onion powder
-1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
-1 egg, beaten

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.

Place Ground Round in a bowl and add spices and flour. Mix well. Add egg, mix some more;) Dump out "meat" mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap and squeeze into a mound. Place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake til lightly browned, about 30-35 minutes, turning once after about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

I find it helpful to make the meat ahead of time (usually the morning of or day before) and refrigerate it before cutting into strips, seems to cut better. Fry slices, browning on both sides for a few minutes over medium heat. Now your Donair meat is ready to use!:)

I bought some pizza dough and used it to form turnovers, also adding mozzarella cheese, but you can use it however you like to eat your usual donairs:)

Donair Sauce:

-1 can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated!)
-1/4 cup white vinegar
-1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix together all ingredients and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.




Spice blend:)































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