Kleftiko leg of lamb recipes

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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
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Cyrus Todiwala on lamb + Recipe lamb in chilli, garlic and cinnamon

Cyrus Todiwala on lamb + Recipe lamb in chilli, garlic and cinnamon

Or you remember slowly cooked kleftiko, falling off the bone, following hours of slow cooking. If you are short on time, or cooking on a weekday night, then leg steaks, cutlets and chops are ideal
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My Week That Was (1) Bathroom Delivery, New Lenses, Family Time, Kleftiko, Mills & Boon Colouring, Snapchat!

My Week That Was (1) Bathroom Delivery, New Lenses, Family Time, Kleftiko, Mills & Boon Colouring, Snapchat!

If you can't find shoulder of lamb, a leg of lamb will do instead. For lunch, Dad cooked kleftiko – meaning “in the style of the Klephts“, this is lamb slow-baked on the bone, first marinated in garlic and lemon juice, originally cooked in a pit oven
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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
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Lamb Kleftiko (Braised Greek Lamb)

Lamb Kleftiko (Braised Greek Lamb)

This recipe serves two, but you could easily buy a lamb leg, or shoulder to feed more. LsdException Locked="false" SemiHidden="true" UnhideWhenUsed="true" Name="Table Elegant"/>
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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
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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"