Lamb shoulder kleftiko recipes

Lamb Kleftiko (Arni Kleftiko)

Lamb Kleftiko (Arni Kleftiko)

Needless to say, like many classic dishes from around the world, there are many versions - everything from cooking single lamb portions or cutlets with vegetables in filo pastry to the whole leg or shoulder roasted in a clay pot, sealed as tightly as possible

Lamb Kleftiko

2 Lbs Shoulder /leg of lamb. 140C well covered for 2 hours turning each hour and basting occasionally. Add potatoes and continue cooking for another hour
Five-hour Kleftiko with Feta Cheese

Five-hour Kleftiko with Feta Cheese

Apparently ‘Kleftiko’ is Greek for ‘stolen meat’ and the story is that it would be a dish made by bandits who would steal a lamb and then cook it for a long time, sealed with mud in a hole underground so that no-one would suspect anything

Lamb kleftiko

Rub the lamb all over with the lemon wedges and put the lamb and lemon wedges into the dish. Kleftiko is traditionally made in a sealed earthenware dish, but a casserole dish covered in aluminium foil will do the trick (alternatively you can make individual parcels of the meat with a layer of baking parchment and aluminium foil)

Return of the slow-cooker

I had my heart set on some slow-cooked lamb and usually I choose shoulder as it is so fatty that it always holds up beautifully to hours and hours of gentle heat but Hughie, the other half is incredibly fussy about his meat and shows a huge amount of hostility to even the smallest amount of gristle or fat on his plate