Have you been to Halifax, NS? No?! Well you should go for a number of reasons 1. It’s one of the friendliest places in Canada 2. It has the most bars per capita in the country and 3. Donairs!
You can’t walk down the street without passing a donair shop. These sweet and spicy bad boys are long hailed as a late-night delicacy. Back in the day, stumbling out of the bar and grabbing one on the way home was the perfect end to the night. I’d like to think I’ve grown up a bit since those days!
Traditional donairs are served on a doughy, delicious Lebanese pita slathered with a sugary, sweet and tangy donair sauce. Well low-carbers, I’ve come up with a pretty close substitution that cuts back on the sugar and carbs. I decided to make them in the form of meatballs (fun, right?!) and serve them on lettuce.
For the sauce, instead of using sugar or sweetened condensed milk, I used cream and sugar leaf baking stevia, which is a blend of cane sugar and stevia extract. To reduce the sugar and carbs even more you can use approximately 10 drops of liquid stevia to your liking – this is supposed to be a sweet and tangy sauce!
For the Meatballs (makes approx. 20 meatballs)
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
2 Tbsp almond meal or bread crumbs
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp paprika
**Don’t be shy on the spices!**
For the Sauce (yields 1 cup)
1 cup 10% organic cream
1 Tbsp sweet leaf baking stevia or 10 drops of liquid stevia
1 tsp garlic powder
3 Tbsp white vinegar
You will also need:
Romaine lettuce for the wraps
Preheat oven to 425F. Line a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with tin foil or parchment paper. Add ground beef and spices to a medium bowl, mix well! Roll into balls and place in baking dish. Cover with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes.Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. In a bowl, whisk cream, garlic powder and sugar until dissolved. Stir in the vinegar. Cover and refrigerate. Note: you will have leftover sauce, freeze it for your next batch!Serve meatballs on lettuce wraps and top with sauce, diced tomatoes and onions. Enjoy!REVAMPED! Donair Meatballs with Low-Sugar Donair Sauce #keto #lowcarb Click To Tweet It’s also delicious over cauliflower rice.
This isn’t my first rodeo. I’ve made legit donairs for my east coast hubby many times. For the Traditional Donair Recipe, click here.
Nutritional Info per serving (5 meatballs with 2 Tablespoons of sauce)
408 Calories, 8g Carbs, 1g Fibre, 7g Net Carbs, 27g Fat, 29g Protein, 5g Sugar
Please Note: Nutritional info is gathered from MyFitnessPal and may vary depending on your ingredients. Therefore, it is not always 100% accurate and meant to be used as a reference only.