• Home
  • Lunch
  • Traditional Greek Lamb Kleftiko Recipe: An Easy Step-Wise Guide
Traditional Greek Lamb Kleftiko Recipe: An Easy Step-Wise Guide

Ingredients

Adjust Servings:
1.2-1.5 kg lamb leg joint
1 kg Potatoes peeled and diced
100 g feta cheese diced
1 pcs bell peppers roughly chopped
2 pcs tomatoes roughly chopped
1 pcs onion peeled roughly chopped
3 pcs garlic cloves finely chopped
1 lemon lemon juice
150 ml White wine
100 ml Olive oil
1 teaspoon rosemary dried
1 teaspoon oregano dried
4 leaves Bay leaves
a pinch Black pepper
3-4 tablespoons Salt

Nutritional information

6
Serving Size
835 kcal
Calories
53.6 g
Fat
19.5 g
Saturated Fat
175.8 g
Cholesterol
1869 mg
Sodium
33.6 g
Carbohydrates
5.4 g
Sugars
5.6 g
Fiber
49.8 g
Protein

Traditional Greek Lamb Kleftiko Recipe: An Easy Step-Wise Guide

The Perfect Greek Lamb Kleftiko Prepared With Love

Cuisine:

Kleftiko is a traditional Greek slow-cooked stew, usually made from lamb, potatoes, hard cheese and Mediterranean herbs.

  • 210
  • Serves 6
  • Medium

Ingredients

Directions

Kleftiko is a traditional Greek slow-cooked stew, usually made from lamb, potatoes, hard cheese and Mediterranean herbs. Interestingly, kleftiko shares the same source with more familiar terms such as kleptomania or kleptocracy. Before we take you through the authentic Kleftiko recipe, let’s find out a little bit about its origin.

Kleftiko Origin: Greek Or Cypriot – A Perfect Mystery

Besides being a mouth-watering dish, the legend of how kleftiko originated is also interesting. It is named after Klephts, which literally means thief i.e., kléptein in Greek means to steal. There are multiple theories of how Kleftiko originated. Some of these are as follows:

The Klephts Theory: The Greek Legend

The Klephts, under Ottoman rule, were brigands who lived in the Greek countryside. Mostly they were anti-Ottoman insurgents, descendants of Greeks who retreated to the mountains in the fifteenth century to escape Turkish rule. The name of the dish itself could be translated as “in the style of the klephts”.

The Cyprus Theory: The Cypriot Legend

According to another theory, this dish was made in Cyprus during the 19th century, also at the time of the struggle for liberation from Turkish rule.

To survive, both Greek and Cypriot, Klephts stole, lambs or goats from local shepherds. The meat was prepared in holes in the ground that were sealed with mud, so that smoke could not be seen. Hence the custom of preparing today by wrapping the ingredients in baking paper.

Final Verdict: The Popularity Legend

Wherever kleftiko really originated, it is an irrefutable fact that it quickly became very popular and settled in traditional Greek cuisine. Apart from lamb, there are variants with goat or even with pork called exohiko.

With kleftiko, we strongly recommend serving Greek salad. One goes well with another. If you want to learn to make it, do check out our our specialized recipe.

This recipe for kleftiko as well as many other Greek recipes I got from my friend Kostas when I visited Thessaloniki.

Step By Step Guide To Making The Authentic Greek Lamb Kleftiko

Below steps will help you make this mouthwatering Greek delicacy with ease. So try it out and let us know in the comments how it turned out for you.

Steps

1
Done

The Marinade Concoction

In a deep bowl make the marinade use the garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, wine, rosemary, bay leaves and oregano.

2
Done

Secret To Perfect Meat Marinating

Salt the meat well and coat it thoroughly with the marinade. Cover the meat and marinade bowl with foil and refrigerate for several hours or ideally overnight.

3
Done

Mixing Of Potato, Cheese & Meat

Take two pieces of parchment paper approx. 60 cm and fold them in a cross shape. First put the potatoes you cut in half, then put the diced cheese over, and the meat and the rest of the marinade on it. Season with black pepper to taste.

4
Done

Wrapping & Baking

Fold the paper over, tie it on top and put it in the baking tray.

5
Done

Serve Kleftiko With Greek Salad

Bake in the oven for 3 hours at 200-220 degrees. In the last half-hour open the parchment paper that the meat is roast and to get a nice crust. Serve kleftiko with Greek salads.

Szekely Goulash - Traditional Hungarian Dish
previous
Szekely Goulash (Székely gulyás)
Hungarian Chicken Paprikash (Csirkepaprikás)
next
Chicken Paprikash (Csirkepaprikás)
Szekely Goulash - Traditional Hungarian Dish
previous
Szekely Goulash (Székely gulyás)
Hungarian Chicken Paprikash (Csirkepaprikás)
next
Chicken Paprikash (Csirkepaprikás)

Add Your Comment