How to make a slow cooker doner kebab fakeaway with just a few simple ingredients and your Crockpot.
You will love this homemade doner kebab recipe and it will become your go to for a nice supper in front of the TV.
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Homemade Doner Kebab
My love for doner kebab goes back to my teens. Sat in front of the TV watching a movie on a Friday night and sharing a doner kebab and chips with my mum.
Usually there would be a good Goldie Hawn or Eddie Murphy movie on, and it was even better when eating a doner kebab at the same time.
But when I met my chef hubby, he said that he HATED doner kebabs because they smelt like sweaty feet and how could anybody ever eat them? He would then order a pizza or burger and I would then get a doner kebab from the takeaway.
Fast forward many years and I made a slow cooker doner kebab for the first time.
It was delicious and would you believe it the hubby loved my homemade doner kebab.
The doner kebab had the same texture as one from the takeaway with the usual extras and tasted so much better because it had quality lamb mince in it and there was no rubbish in it like it does at the takeaway.
I have improved my homemade doner kebab over the years and today I am sharing with you how to make the best homemade doner kebab in the slow cooker. A recipe you can go back to time and time again for an easy fakeaway.
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Can You Make Homemade Kebabs In The Slow Cooker?
Yes, you can, and you will love homemade slow cooker kebabs. My favourite is to make a lamb doner kebab, but you can mix and match with your favourite meat and your favourite marinade.
And because the homemade kebab meat is cooked slow in the slow cooker, it makes a much more tender cut of meat.
Is Slow Cooked Doner Kebab A Slimming World Thing?
Yes, and no. I first learnt about the slow cooker doner kebab trick from someone that used to be on Slimming World. But I also know many people that love my slow cooker kebabs that have never been on SW or never even heard of it.
But if you are on slimming world or weight watchers and are looking for a slimming world doner kebab, then note this recipe works for sw too.
That is because our doner meat recipe contains only lean minced lamb and seasonings, making it oil free and easy to adapt to whichever diet you are on.
In fact, beyond a slimming world kebab, you can enjoy it on WW, paleo, keto, and many, many, others.
Is Doner Kebab Healthy?
A doner kebab from the takeaway, is certainly NOT healthy. It’s a very cheap cut of lamb, mixed with other things, loaded with grease and full of rubbish.
However, make your own doner kebab fakeaway in the slow cooker and you have a healthy doner kebab.
Plus, its AMAZING how good the healthy homemade doner kebab tastes and we will also show you how to reduce the fat further.
Is Doner Meat Gluten Free?
Yes, our doner meat in the slow cooker is 100% gluten free. Because the ingredients that make up the doner meat is just lean minced lamb and dried seasonings.
Though if you want doner meat with all the trimmings, then you need to be looking for gluten free pitta breads to serve with the doner meat or go with a doner meat salad.
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Homemade Doner Kebab Recipe Ingredients
Mince – You will need a pack of lean minced lamb. We went with 800g and this made a good amount of doner meat that would feed the four of us for dinner. You can do less or more, but if changing the quantity, do increase/decrease the seasonings.
Seasonings – You will also need a variety of herbs and spices to make your lamb doner kebab including oregano, mixed herbs, cumin, garlic and onion powder, cayenne, sweet paprika and of course salt and pepper.
Foil – You will also need some foil to wrap your doner kebab in for when it cooks in the slow cooker.
Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this doner kebab fakeaway recipe it has just been our Crockpot Slow Cooker. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of slow cooker recipes.
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How To Make Doner Kebab?
- Dump. Add to a mixing bowl your lamb mince and your seasonings and mix well with your hands so that the meat is well coated in the seasonings.
- Wrap. Then make into a meatloaf shape and then wrap tightly in foil.
- Cook. Slow cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 7 hours.
- Remove. Then remove the foil from the slow cooker, then remove the doner kebab loaf from the foil. Pat the doner kebab meat with kitchen towel at the bottom to get rid of any excess fat.
- Serve. Then wait for the doner meat to cool and then slice and serve in pitta breads with salad garnish and dip.
And I am sure you can see why lamb doner kebab in the slow cooker is a true favourite of mine.
Why Do You Need Foil On A Slow Cooker Kebab?
Even with super lean minced lamb, you are still going to get some fat off the lamb. If you don’t wrap the lamb in foil you will be cooking the lamb in the fat and it wont stay in its perfect meatloaf shape.
Also, once cooked you can remove the foil wrapped doner meat, transfer it and then the majority of the fat then stays in the slow cooker.
The wrapping of the foil also helps stop the doner meat from going dry and produces a much better fakeaway kebab.
Doner Kebab Spice Mix
When you make a kebab its all about the delicious flavour that your doner kebab has. There are a LOT of herbs and spices used in a homemade doner meat recipe BUT apart there are similar quantities so its easy to prep.
For example, oregano, mixed herbs, cumin, garlic, and onion powder, and sweet paprika is all 1tbsp each.
Then you can add half a teaspoon of cayenne as well as salt and pepper.
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Fakeaway Kebab Salad
Do you just want a doner meat recipe or are you looking for a fakeaway kebab salad too?
I prefer my slow cooker kebab to be paired with a kebab salad and have it just like I would if I ordered a kebab takeaway.
Whilst the slow cooker lamb kebab is on its last hour, I will prepare the fakeaway kebab salad.
I will shred lots of lettuce, slice up tomatoes, slice cucumber and then make a quick kebab dip. Which usually includes some of the cucumber and some garlic, mixed in with some Greek yoghurt.
Also, if you follow a gluten free lifestyle you can have this as a doner kebab salad or like our burger in a bowl and just leave out the pitta breads.
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Slow Cooker Doner Kebab Fakeaway
Fakeaway Kebab Salad
- Load the minced lamb and all the seasonings into a bowl and mix well with your hands.
- Place a layer of foil on your kitchen worktop, add the meat and make sure the meat forms a meatloaf shape.
- Then wrap the doner kebab meatloaf tightly in the foil.
- Place the foil wrapped lamb kebab into the slow cooker. Then slow cook for 4 hours on high or 7 hours on low.
- Remove the doner kebab in its foil from the slow cooker and then remove the kebab from the foil. Pat the bottom of the lamb kebab with kitchen towel to get rid of any extra fat.
- Then allow the fakeaway lamb kebab to sit for 20 minutes before slicing. Then whilst you are waiting on your lamb, shred lettuce and slice tomatoes and cucumber. Add to a bowl of Greek yoghurt some thinly sliced cucumber, a little garlic puree and some oregano and mix with a fork.
- Then when the doner kebab has rested, slice it as thin as you can and then load into pitta breads with your salad items and sauce.