Greek slow-cooked lamb

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Kleftiko - Greek slow-cooked lamb
Kleftiko - Greek slow-cooked lamb
  • Serves: 6

  • Skill level: Easy peasy

Woman's Weekly recipe A Greek favourite, this slow-cooked lamb (kleftiko) is full of flavour with onions, garlic, lemon, oregano and white wine.


  • 2 large onions, peeled and sliced
  • 1 garlic bulb, sliced in half horizontally
  • 200ml (7fl oz) dry white wine
  • 1 rounded tbsp dried oregano
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1.85-2kg (3¾-4lb) leg of lamb
  • 750g (1½lb) new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Handful of stemmed capers, optional

Baste the lamb with juices occasionally, to keep the meat moist.


  1. Set the oven to gas mark 4 or 180°C. Line a large roasting tin with 2 very large sheets of foil reaching over the sides. Put a sheet of Bakewell or greaseproof paper inside. Spread the sliced onions in the tin along with the halved garlic bulb. Pour in the wine.
  2. Mix the oregano and oil with seasoning and rub the mixture all over the lamb. Put lamb on the bed of onions. Bring the paper and foil over to wrap the lamb in a loose parcel. Cook for 3 hrs.
  3. Open up the parcel and stir the potatoes into the meat juices, then add the sliced lemon. Re-wrap the parcel and cook for another 1½ hrs.
  4. Transfer the meat to a board or platter. Rest it for 10 mins. Sprinkle over capers, if using. Put potatoes and lemon on the platter, or in a separate bowl. Serve the meat juices as they are or thickened with cornflour, if you prefer. Serve the meat and potatoes with some spring greens drizzled with olive oil. (Not suitable for freezing).

Feature: Kate Moseley. Photos: David Jordan. Props stylist: Sue Radcliffe

Nutritional information per portion

  • Low
  • Med
  • High
  • Calories 533(kcal)
  • Fat 24.0g
  • Saturates 9.0g

This nutritional information is only a guide and is based on 2,000 calories per day. For more information on eating a healthy diet, please visit the Food Standards Agency website.

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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