Every time I go home to PEI for a visit, there is one restaurant I must go to - Pizza Delight. Admittedly, I'm not actually that fond of their pizza. The reason I have to go there is to have garlic fingers and donair sauce. Those of you not from the Maritimes likely have no idea what I'm talking about but this is what I was craving and needed to try to recreate.
I'm not really sure where this combination came from but it is super popular where I'm from. Donair sauce is a sweet and tangy, very garlicy sauce that (I'm guessing) originated as a topping for donairs (a sandwich of compressed meat roasted on a spit). Garlic fingers are simply garlic butter and cheese on pizza dough that's baked and cut into fingers. Sadly, this combination doesn't seem to exist west of New Brunswick. Since I wasn't heading home over Christmas this year I decided I was going to have to try to recreate the delicacy myself.
From my internet searching I discovered there are two bases for homemade donair sauce - evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk. After reading a bunch of recipes I opted for the seemingly foolproof condensed milk option.
Homemade Donair Sauce
adapted from this recipe
- One 300 mL can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
Simple enough, right? The sauce turned out great. Exactly like what I was expecting from a good donair sauce. Unfortunately, the caliber of garlic fingers I had access to didn't live up to expectations. I got some frozen fingers from the grocery store. They were alright but not the greasy delicious treat I crave. Next time I make this I think I'll go to the effort to try and make some fingers that are more like I can get at home.
All in all, I'd say this was a very good first effort. Certainly fits the bill in a pinch.
Have you ever tried to recreate a recipe from one of your favorite restaurants?