This dish features simple ingredients but when they all come together it’s magic. As such, there are countless regional variations; In Canada there are donairs, in Greece there are gyros, in Pakistan there is Shawarma, and in the UK there are doner kebabs. Popular variations in North America are Greek style (pictured below) and Hawaiian, which typically feature pineapple and sweet and sour sauce on top of the standard lettuce, onion, tomato, and creamy sauce. We cheated and used store bought pitas this time but the five other components we made from scratch. If I could have changed one thing about this dish I would have browned up the pulled chicken a bit in a cast iron before adding the sauce so it would have been crispier in the pita but other than that this was late-night culinary perfection! Enjoy the photos and recipes below!
~3 cups flour
1 1/4 cup warm water
1 pkg yeast
2 tblsp oil
Mix one cup flour, oil, salt, and the warm water together in a stand mixer along with the package of yeast. Allow yeast to bloom/form a sponge if necessary. Turn on your mixer and add flour until the dough just pulls away from the inside of the bowl. Knead for three to five minutes. Cover and allow dough to rise until it doubles in size. Remove from bowl to a floured surface and divide into eight equal pieces. Roll each into a ball and set on a covered baking tray to rise again for another 20 minutes or so. Preheat a cast iron skillet to medium heat while you roll out the dough balls to about 1/2″ height. Cook each pita bread until slightly brown on each side before flipping. If done correctly, your pitas will start to rise shortly after you flip them over so they will be hollow in the middle. Allow to cool before stuffing. Enjoy!
375 mL 3% yogurt, or use Greek style yogurt if you want it thicker
1/2 small lemon, juiced
4 large garlic cloves, minced (add more if you like garlic!)
1/3 English cucumber, shredded
1 tsp finely chopped dill
1/2 tsp salt to taste
1/2 tsp ajinomoto
Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Allow flavors to mingle for at least twenty minutes.