Kleftiko Style Lamb Shanks Food

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Seal a leg of lamb in a parcel then roast it long and slow with garlic, lemon, herbs and potatoes to soak up the delicious juices

Provided by Good Food team

Categories     Main course

Time 5h30m

Number Of Ingredients 21

6 garlic cloves
3 tbsp roughly chopped oregano
1 tbsp roughly chopped rosemary
zest 1 lemon and juice of 2
½ tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp olive oil
2kg leg of lamb
1kg Desiree potato, halved or quartered
5 bay leaves
250g Greek yogurt
juice ½ lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
handful mint, shredded
1 ½ tsp red wine vinegar
1 ½ tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
100g baby spinach
small bunch parsley, roughly chopped
½ red onion, finely sliced
175g cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cucumber, halved lengthways, deseeded and sliced
75g black Kalamata olives, stoned and quartered


  • Crush together the garlic cloves and 1 tsp salt using a pestle and mortar. Add the herbs, lemon zest, cinnamon, some black pepper, crush a little more, then stir through 2 tbsp of the olive oil.
  • Using a sharp knife, create lots of holes all over the lamb, and rub in the paste, pushing it deep into the holes. Transfer the lamb to a large food bag, pour in the lemon juice and marinate overnight.
  • The next day, take the lamb out of the fridge 1 hr before you want to cook it. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3.
  • Lay 2 long pieces of baking parchment on top of 2 long pieces of foil - one widthways, the other lengthways to form a cross. Pop the potatoes in the centre of the parchment and toss with the remaining oil and some seasoning. Bring up the sides of the foil, then pour the marinade from the lamb over the potatoes and throw in the bay leaves.
  • Set the lamb on top of the potatoes and scrunch the foil together tightly to completely enclose the lamb. Lift into a roasting tin and roast in the oven for 4½ hrs until very tender.
  • Remove tin from the oven and increase the temperature to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Unwrap the parcel and scrunch the foil and parchment under the rim of the tin, baste the lamb with the juices and return to the oven for a further 20 mins until browned. Remove the lamb from the tin, wrap in foil and rest.
  • Turn the potatoes over and return to the oven for 30 mins, then season with salt. While the potatoes are cooking, stir together all the ingredients for the yogurt.
  • Combine the red wine vinegar, oil and some seasoning to make a dressing for the salad. Toss together the remaining salad ingredients, adding the dressing when you're ready to eat. Serve the lamb with the potatoes and meaty juices, with the salad and yogurt on the side.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 729 calories, Fat 41 grams fat, SaturatedFat 16 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 33 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 6 grams sugar, Fiber 4 grams fiber, Protein 57 grams protein, Sodium 2.3 milligram of sodium


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Make these Greek-style lamb shanks for a one-pot dinner that's sure to please - and without too much washing-up. Lemon, herbs and feta mean it's full of flavour

Provided by Tom Kerridge

Categories     Dinner, Main course

Time 3h30m

Number Of Ingredients 13

4 lamb shanks
4 garlic cloves , roughly chopped
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp dried oregano
large pinch of ground cinnamon
3 bay leaves
1 large lemon , juiced
2 tbsp olive oil , plus extra for drizzling, if needed
1 ½kg waxy potatoes , chopped into large chunks
1 red pepper , deseeded and chopped into chunks
100ml white wine (or use water)
150g feta , crumbled into large chunks


  • Put the lamb shanks in a large bowl with the garlic, rosemary, thyme, dried oregano, cinnamon, bay leaves, lemon juice (drop in the juiced halves as well), and olive oil. Season well, then toss everything together. If you have time, chill overnight.
  • Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/ gas 5. Tip the potatoes and peppers into a large roasting tin, then pour over the wine. Remove the lamb from the marinade and set aside, then pour the leftover marinade over the veg. Toss to combine, then arrange the lamb on top of the veg. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 2 hrs 30 mins. Remove the lamb from the tin, turn all the veg over, then turn the lamb over and return to the tin on top of the veg. Drizzle over a little more oil, if the tin seems dry. Bake for 30 mins more, uncovered, until the lamb is falling off the bone and the potatoes are golden around the edges. Leave to rest for 5 mins, then scatter over the feta and fresh oregano, if using.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 737 calories, Fat 30 grams fat, SaturatedFat 10 grams saturated fat, Carbohydrate 52 grams carbohydrates, Sugar 4 grams sugar, Fiber 7 grams fiber, Protein 57 grams protein, Sodium 0.3 milligram of sodium


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The verb 'klevo' in Greek means 'to steal'. This delicious lamb dish is called 'kleftiko' because, it is said, that when Greeks were fighting to liberate themselves from Ottoman Rule and hiding in the mountains, they would seal all the ingredients for this dish in a clay pot, bury it with hot coals under ground, cover with dirt, and allow it to braise, slowly, until done. This way, there were no delicious cooking smells in the air to betray their presence and bring the Ottomans to their hide-out. A romantic story - a lovely dinner. Don't forget some good red wine. Many, for lack of a clay pot (like a bean pot) wrap their kleftiko up well in parchment (a couple of layers) and braise that way.

Provided by evelynathens

Categories     One Dish Meal

Time 3h15m

Yield 4-6 serving(s)

Number Of Ingredients 12

1 small leg of lamb, bone in, cut into serving pieces or 6 shoulder lamb chops
1 large onion, peeled and cut into quarters
2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced or 1 lb good quality plum tomato, drained and diced
10 garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano, crumbled
1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh spearmint or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried spearmint, crumbled
5 medium size potatoes, peeled and quartered
8 ounces kefalotiri (pecorino or even parmesan can be subbed in a pinch) or 8 ounces kefalograviera cheese, cut into chunks of about 1 1/2 inches (pecorino or even parmesan can be subbed in a pinch)
1 large carrot, peeled and coarsely sliced
1 cup red wine
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt & freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients together and toss well with scrupulously clean hands until everything is well-coated. Season generously with pepper, but go a little easier on the salt than you normally would cause the cheese will also lend its salt to the finished dish.
  • If you have a large clay pot, like a bean pot, assemble the ingredients there, cover with lid, and proceed with recipe. If not, cut 6 large sheets of parchment, distribute the kleftiko mixture evenly amongst the 6 sheets, and wrap up envelope-style. You may need to double-wrap cause you don't want any of the lovely juices this recipe emits to get lost in drainage while braising. A large, covered casserole would work well, too. Basically what you want to do is have as little liquid escape during cooking as possible.
  • Braise, in the oven, for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. You want the meat to be falling off the bone. Yes, the potatoes and carrot will be very soft and tender, but will be permeated with a deep-rich flavour. Do not judge this dish by the cooking standards you are used to - remember its origins - the conditions these people lived under -- this is gourmet food created during a time of rebellion and should be enjoyed under its own standard.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 461.4, Fat 18.5, SaturatedFat 2.6, Sodium 37.3, Carbohydrate 58.9, Fiber 8.1, Sugar 6.6, Protein 7.1

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Swap your traditional roast lamb for Rick Stein's Greek slow-cooked lamb kleftiko. Roasted for over 2 hours with garlic, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes, the lamb is succulent and falls from the bone. Enjoy leftovers the next day in warm flatbread.
How to cook lamb shanks in oven?
Season the shanks with salt, pepper and oregano and let them absorb the flavors for ~ 2 hours before cooking. Preheat the oven at 170 degrees Celsius (340 F). Place the shanks in the center of a large piece of aluminium foil. Fold the edges so you create a kind of a “nest”. Add the potatoes, onion, garlic, parsley and pour the lemon juice on top.
What is kleftiko kebab?
Juicy and tender, melt-in-the-mouth lamb kleftiko with fluffy potatoes and a delicious white wine sauce, infused with the aromas of garlic, sweet onions, roast peppers and juicy tomatoes.. Simply irresistible! Just like my delicious Moussaka and Spicy minced Lamb Kofta Kebab Recipe (Giaourtlou)!

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