JAH Halifax Donair Spice

JAH Halifax Donair Spice
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Introducing East Coast inspired JAH Halifax Donair Spice. This is a True Maritime Food and the Official Food of Halifax since 2015.

This custom blend is my interpretation of the Halifax Donair and I got to tell you. This takes me way back, triggering memories of the earlier donairs when they were being offered in the Halifax Region.

Greasy, Spicy Slivers of Shaved Meat on a Pita Bread (Lebanese) with Sweet Halifax Donair Sauce, Diced Tomatoes & Onions. Grease drippings falling out while you eat the Donair. It’s enough to make any Haligonian or Maritimer at Home and now it can be made from Home, no matter where you are.

Whether you have moved away and can’t quite find it any more or just want to make it at home for cheaper but same quality as the restaurants.

JAH Halifax Donair Spice is the Go-To Donair Seasoning. Making 5+ lbs from one package. Which is 20 Fresh Quarter Pound Donairs or 10 half-pounders.

If you’re a Haligonian or Maritimer this will really get you going and it is exactly what you need for Homemade Donairs with Restaurant Quality no matter where you live.

Hers is a video of the Final Product. It’s not dry, crumbly, or breaking apart easily. Look at the way it slices, leaving knife marks in the meat just like the Restaurants when shaving the meat and the juices that seep out, How pliable it is, just like Spicy thin slivers of Steak. Now You Know that’s Good!

Product Information

Ingredients

Flour, Salt, Spice Mix(Monosodium Glutamate, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Spices), Sodium Phosphate

Contains: Gluten
Prepared in a kitchen that may contain other allergens.

You will Need

1 lb Medium/Lean Ground Beef & 3 Tablespoons of JAH Halifax Donair Spice.

If you want it even spicier add Black Pepper or Cayenne Pepper to your preference. The Flavor and Texture are already there. Optionally you can Season the meat when cooking in the frying pan with additional Heat.

Instructions

  1. For every 1 lb ( 454 g) of very Cold Medium or Lean Ground Beef mix with the below in a Food Processor for about 2 minutes or in a dough mixer fitted with a paddle for 10 – 15 minutes until it turns to a paste. You can do this by hand, just be sure to get a paste-like consistency with the meat.

    3 Tbl JAH Donair Spice
    1 Tbl Cold Water

  2. Place all of the meat onto a counter and flatten it out to get all the air out. Then form into Ball and throw it down on the counter a few times with force to further get trapped air out. Shape into an elongated loaf and wrap in saran wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, overnight is best.
  3. Preheat oven to 300 F and place the Donair Meat on a Broiler Pan. Cook until internal temp of 160 F. Flip over halfway through. For 1 lb it is about 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest. Reserve the grease that is in the pan, if any depending on your cut of meat, to fry the donair meat later.
  4. Shave/Slice into very thin slices and heat Donair Meat in a frying pan over medium-high to max Heat with the Grease Drippings. Place Pita Breads on top or Steam the Pita Breads Separately.
  5. Sauce the Pita Bread with Donair Sauce, Place the meat on top, and add some more Donair Sauce, Diced Onions & Tomatoes.

Additional Information

  • The meat needs to be really cold to get a tight meat that slices like the restaraunts.
  • Wet your hands while handling the Raw meat for easier handling.
  • Cut the loaf lengthwise into 1-inch strips and then slice thinly to get shaved donair meat like the restaurants or run it through a meat slicer on a very thin setting.
  • With Lean Ground Meat, you can add in about 80 g – 90 g of Beef or Lamb Fat. Freeze the fat and cut it into small pieces. Puree until in small pieces before adding in the Meat & Seasoning.
  • Don’t leave the shaved meat sit out uncovered. It will darken and dry out pretty quickly.

Cook Times

To reach about 160 F internal temp at 300 F

  1. 1 lbs loaf takes about 55 minutes
  2. 2 lbs loaf takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes

In some cases, the meat may still be slightly pink in the middle. This is fine as you will thinly slice the meat and finish cooking the donair meat in the pan before serving.

Donair Sizes

Donair Meat Portion Size.

  • Small Donair = 75 g
  • Quarter Pounder = 113 g
  • Third Pounder = 151 g
  • Half Pounder = 227 g
  • One Pounder = 454 g

Meat Mixing Ratios

Use 100 % Ground Beef or cut it with Ground Lamb or Pork at 10 – 20 % based on your preference. Example 363 g of Ground Beef & 91 g of Lamb or Pork for a 1 lb mix at 20 %.

Storage

Store the Seasoning in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

Whole Raw or Cooked Loaves can be frozen for up to 6 months.

Freshly Sliced Donair Meat can be portioned and frozen for 2 months after which the flavor and texture start to deteriorate.

Don’t leave the Cooked Sliced Donair meat out for too long uncovered. Since it is sliced thin it will dry out fast, especially if not coated in any Sauce or Liquid for moisture.

Other dishes using JAH Donair Spice

All Beef Donair

Donairs

Thinly Shaved Donair Meat & Donair Sauce on Pita bread with Diced Onions & Tomatoes.

Donair Pizza

Donairs Pizza

Donair Sauced Pizza topped with Donair Sauce, Diced Onions & Tomatoes with Mozzarella & Provolone Shredded Cheese. Serve it with more Donair Sauce drizzled on top and Papa Johns Garlic Butter Dip.

Donair Platter Thick Cut Fries

Donair Platter / Poutine

Fries, Donair Meat & Sauce, topped with Diced Onions & Tomatoes with Mozzarella & Provolone shredded cheese. Optionally with Lettuce.

JAH Donair Samosas

Donair Samosa

JAHZKITCHEN is the originator of Donair Samosas. Samosas filled with chopped Donair Meat & Sauce with Diced Onion, Shredded Mozzarella & Provolone Cheese. Optionally add in Diced Tomatoes. Serve with a side of Donair Sauce for dipping.

JAH Donair Oven Sub

Donair Oven Sub

Oven Sub Brushed with Garlic Butter and stuffed with Donair Meat & Sauce, Diced Onions, Shredded Mozzarella & Provolone Cheese. Topped off with Fresh Diced Tomatoes & More Donair Sauce. Optionally with Lettuce.

Donair Burger

Donair Burger

Thinly shaved Donair Meat stacked on a Garlic Buttered & Toasted Hamburger Bun with Donair Sauce, Sliced Onion & Tomatoes. Optionally with Lettuce.

Donair Dip

Donair Dip

Cooked Crumbled or paste-like Donair Meat mixed with Cream Cheese, Donair Sauce, and a shredded Mozzarella & Provolone Cheese Blend. Baked in the oven for 20 minutes and topped with Onions & Tomatoes. Use to Dip Tortilla or Pita Chips.

Donair Salad

Donair Salad

Donair Meat with Tomatoes, Onions, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Nappa Cabbage. Dressed in a Donair Salad Dressing.

Markouk Donair Halves

Markouk Donair

Same as the Original Halifax Donair except the Donair is wrapped in Markouk Bread or Markouk Saj Bread which adds an extra chewiness to the Donair. This bread is also used for the Belly Buster Donair.

Donair Samoon

Donair Samoon

Same as the Original Halifad Donair except the bread used is a very tasty and popular Iraqi Bread called Samoon.

Donair Dog

Donair Dogs

Halifax Donair Kebab Meat served on a Steamed and then Baked Hot Dog Bun topped with Diced Onions, Tomatoes, and Donair Sauce. Optionally Stuffed with Mozzarella Cheese or Cheese on top.

Donair Lahmacun

Donair Lahmacun

Lahmacun Style – Raw Donair meat spread unto uncooked Pita bread dough and baked in the oven or stovetop with a lid.

Donair Calzone

Donair Calzone

Donair done Calzonian Style. Halifax Style Donair Meat, Donair Sauce, Diced Onions, and Tomatoes with Cheese. The Calzone is brushed with Garlic Butter.

Seasoned Donair Rice

Donair Rice

Rice cooked in Broth with Donair Meat, Diced Onions & Tomatoes. Drizzle Donair Sauce on the top or on the side.

Donair Soup

Donair Soup

Donair Soup with Donair Meat, Onions, Tomatoes in a Soup Base of Tomatoes, Beef Broth, and Donair Sauce, topped with shredded Mozzarella & Provolone Cheese. Optionally include Romaine Lettuce. Serve it with a side of Garlic Fingers.

Donair Meatballs

Donair Meatballs

Meatballs made with Ground Beef & Donair Spice.

JAH Donair Kebab

Donair Kebabs

Donair Meat Pressed onto Hom Skewers and broiled or grilled.

Donair Burrito

Donair Burrito

Donair Burrito Stuffed with Donair meat and optionally Fries.

Donair Meat

Introducing the East Coast inspired JAH Donair Spice. Dominant in Onion & Garlic, with some Heat. It's a real Haligonian Treat.
This Creates a 1 – 2 lb Loaf of Donair meat. For sizes larger than 2 lbs, it is recommended to keep the Loaf size to 1 – 2 lbs and cook those up at the same time.
Cook the Donair Loaves, let cool and thinly slice the meat to cook again on the stovetop or in the oven.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Canadian, Halifax, Halifax Nova Scotia, Maritimer
Keyword: Authentic Donair Sauce, Canada Donair, Canadian Donair, East Coast Donair, Halifax Donair, Haligonain Donair, Maritime Donair, Maritimer Donair
Servings: 1 lb
Author: JAH

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Broiler Pan
  • Plastic Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef – Very cold, almost frozen
  • 3 Tbl JAH Donair Spice – Leveled Tablespoons
  • 1 Tbl Cold Water – or 1 Ice Cube

Instructions

  • For every 1 lb ( 454 g) of very Cold Medium or Lean Ground Beef mix with 3 Tbl Leveled JAH Donair Spice & 1 Tbl Cold Water in a Food Processor for about 2 minutes.
    or in a dough mixer fitted with a paddle for 10 – 15 minutes until it turns to a paste.
    You can do this by hand, just be sure to get a paste-like consistency with the meat.
  • Place all of the meat onto a counter and flatten it out to get all the air out. Then form into Ball and throw it down on the counter 20 times with force to further get trapped air out.
  • Shape into an elongated loaf and wrap in saran wrap. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, overnight is best.
  • Preheat oven to 300 F and place the Donair Meat on a Broiler Pan. Cook for 55 minutes to 1 hour. Flip over halfway through.
    Remove from the oven and let rest. Reserve the grease that is in the pan, if any depending on your choice of meat, to cook the sliced donair later.
  • Shave/Slice into very thin slices and heat Donair Meat in a frying pan over medium-high or in the oven with the Grease Drippings.
    Place Pita Breads on top if Pany Frying or Steam the Pita Breads Separately.
    Sauce the Pita Bread with Donair Sauce, Place the meat on top, and add some more Donair Sauce, Diced Onions & Tomatoes.

Notes

TIPS

  • Cut the loaf lengthwise into 1-inch strips and then slice thinly to get shaved donair meat like the restaurants.
  • With Lean Ground Meat, you can add in about 80 g – 90 g of Beef or Lamb Fat. Freeze the fat and cut it into small pieces. Puree until in small pieces before adding in the Meat & Seasoning.
  • If making a few pounds of Donair meat, shape them into multiple 1 or 2 lb loaves. This cuts down on the cooking time as well as easier storage.
 
 

COOK TIMES

To reach about 160 F internal temp at 300 F
  1. 1 lbs loaf takes about 55 minutes
  2. 2 lbs loaf takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes
 
 

DONAIR SIZES

  • Small Donair = 75 g
  • Quarter Pounder = 113 g
  • Third Pounder = 151 g
  • Half Pounder = 227 g
  • One Pounder = 454 g