I love sandwiches in any form. Be it a proper cheese and ham sandwich, a burger, a falafel, an egg benedict or just some filled pita bread. Today however I felt like giving a Döner a try, homemade. Of course I had to cheat a little bit, as I don’t have a spit roasting thing, but I came quite close to what I wanted to get to.
Technically I am not doing a proper Döner Kebab at all here. But the original dish gave me the inspiration for this kind of sammich.
I don’t have a proper roasting machine to roast some lamb or chicken meat like the Döner places do. So my first cheat was to replace the Döner meat with Sucuk, a turkish kind of sausage. What it lacks in pork it makes up in garlic, which makes it a great sausage. It tastes great raw already, but I like to roast for a bit to get it more intense.
Next up is the garlic sauce. As I do not like any of the commercial sauces you can buy ready made I just made some Tsatsiki with tons of garlic. The hot sauce was made from tomato sauce leftovers with heaps of chili sauce, but you could make a proper one by either mixing ayvar (paprika paste) with chili or cooking one from scratch, using roasted paprika, tomatoes, fresh chili, some herbs like oregano and a bit of garlic.
Lastly I chose rocket as a salad as I prefer it over the iceberg salad you get at most Döner places.
Time to put it all together!
- Some turkish flatbread
- Sucuk (turkish garlic sausage)
- a handful of rocket
- 1 lemon
- 1 handful of fresh parsley
- turkish feta cheese
- For the tsatsiki:
- 200 g of yoghurt
- quarter of a cucumber
- 1 to 2 cloves of garlic
- salt and pepper
- For the hot sauce:
- 4 tablespoons of paprika paste
- 1 teaspoon of chili sauce or more to taste
- 1 pinch of dried coriander
First prepare the tsatsiki by dicing the cucumber and grating the garlic. Mix with the yoghurt and season with salt and pepper. You can easily adjust the amount of garlic to your liking. Mix the ingredients for the hot sauce, make it hotter or milder to your liking by adjusting the amount of chili sauce used. Slice the sucuk and fry them in a bit of olive oil in a pan for a few minutes. Dice the tomatoes, crumble the feta cheese. Chop up the parsley really fine.
Toast the bread and slice it open, creating a pocket to fill with all the delicious ingredients. Cover one side in the bread with tsatsiki, the other with the hot sauce. Now fill the bread with rocket, the tomatoes, the sucuk slices, crumble over some of the feta cheese and season everything with a squish of lemon juice.
Now go for it, squeeze it together and take a bite. Mmmmh, garlic.