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Greek Lamb Kleftiko

Updated: Feb 17, 2022


1.3kg bone-in whole lamb leg joint1kg baby waxy potatoes, washed and halved or quartered1 red onion, peeled and sliced5 fresh bay leaves

For the marinade:

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh rosemary leaves1 teaspoon dried oregano 6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped or crushedGrated zest of 1 lemon, juice of 2 lemons2 tablespoons rapeseed or olive oil


1. In a small bowl, mix the marinade ingredients together.

2. On a chopping board make several slashes all over the lamb with a sharp knife. Rub the paste all over the lamb, pushing deep into the holes. Transfer to a large food bag, add the lemon juice, toss, seal and marinate in the fridge for up to 2 hours, or overnight if time allows.

3. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3 160°C, 140°C fan.

4. Line a large roasting tin with foil then baking parchment. Scatter the potatoes over the roasting tin. Season the potatoes, add the sliced onion and the bay leaves.

5. Position the joint on top of the potatoes. Wrap in the parchment and extra foil. Roast for 4 hours until tender.

6. Remove the joint from the oven, increase the heat to Gas 7, 220°C, 200°C fan. Unwrap the foil and parchment, spoon any meat juices over the joint and continue to cook for a further 30 minutes.

7. Remove the roasting tin from the oven, wrap in foil and leave to rest for 30 minutes.

8. Slice the lamb and serve with a Greek salad and the remaining accompaniments.

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