Greek-style Easter lamb kleftiko

Serves: 4 with lamb left over Prepare & Cook:


  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp spinneysFOOD Freeze Dried Oregano
  • 4 rosemary sprigs, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp spinneysFOOD Fine Cinnamon
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed, plus 1 garlic bulb
  • 1½ lemons
  • 2.8kg bone-in leg of lamb
  • 1kg spinneysFOOD Baby Potatoes
  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 400g spinneysFOOD Cherry Tomatoes
  • 285g jar spinneysFOOD Roasted Red Peppers, plus 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • spinneysFOOD Mint leaves, to garnish


  1. Combine the oil, oregano, rosemary, cinnamon, crushed garlic and juice of ½ lemon. Season well.
  2. Make small incisions all over the lamb. Massage the paste into the skin. Cover and marinate in the fridge overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 170°C, gas mark 3. Tip the potatoes into a casserole dish. Add the onions, tomatoes, peppers and the oil. Halve the garlic bulb and remaining lemon and add to the dish along with the bay leaves. Season and turn to coat.
  4. Pour in 300ml water. Sit the lamb on top, cover with damp greaseproof paper then wrap with foil. Cook for 4½-5 hours, until the lamb is very tender.
  5. Increase the oven to 220°C, gas mark 7. Discard the foil and paper then roast for 10 minutes more until the skin is golden. Remove the lamb to rest.
  6. Return the dish to the oven for 15 minutes, until the sauce has reduced.
  7. Carve three-quarters of the lamb into slices. Divide among four plates with the vegetables.

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