Kleftiko leg of lamb recipes

Lamb Kleftiko (Arni Kleftiko)

Lamb Kleftiko (Arni Kleftiko)

Named after the 'Klephts' - Greek bandits of the countryside who would allegedly steal the odd lamb or goat and cook it in sealed pit ovens, to avoid the smoke being seen - lamb kleftiko is usually cooked slowly on the bone after marinating in lemon juice, garlic, herbs and olive oil
The Ultimate Greek Tragedy

The Ultimate Greek Tragedy

Well at least the Grecian’s gave us the wonderful Lamb Kleftiko, which is this week’s recipe. add a few good glugs of olive oil, the marinade and finally the lamb
Lamb Kleftiko

Lamb Kleftiko

2 Lbs Shoulder /leg of lamb. Juice of 2 lemons. 140C well covered for 2 hours turning each hour and basting occasionally

Return of the slow-cooker

I based the whole dish on a variation of Machoui which is a North African recipe for whole slow-cooked lamb, originally sealed in a fire pit which would have effectively created the same environment as the slow-cooker in gently steaming the meat, which what results in it being so succulent  You could equally successfully adapt it for Kleftiko, which means "stolen meat"