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Meat Main Dishes

Lamb In Paper - Kleftiko Style  ,Arni Kleftiko  se Harti

 

The Lamb is marinated overnight and then wrapped tightly in wax paper, sealing the juices and herbs together.  Truly magnificent and delicious, this would be a wonderful 'special occasion' meal.

   

Ingredients:
1 medium leg of lamb - boneless pieces can be used too.
5 tbs. olive oil  
juice of 1 lemon  
garlic cloves - optional
2 tbsp. chopped parsley  
oregano  
cumin  
rosemary  
salt & pepper  
1/2 lb. cheese -  Feta or Greek Kefalotiri, sliced thickly 

 

Wash and dry the leg.  If you prefer a garlic taste, make small slits in the thickest parts of the leg and insert the cloves.  Salt and pepper the leg and sprinkle generously with the herbs & spices.  Mix the oil & lemon juice together and drizzle over the leg.  Cover and marinate the leg for 3 hours or over night. 

Pre heat oven to 300F.  Spread out a sheet of waxed paper and rub it with oil.  Take the marinated leg and lay it on the paper.  Arrange the cheese slices over the top.  Wrap the leg up tightly in the paper and then wrap once more in aluminum foil.   Place in a shallow pan and bake for 2-3 hours, depending on the how well done you like your meat.

Susie's Note:  This is only one of many versions of 'Lamb Kleftiko' .  Any recipe for Kleftiko includes some way that the meat is sealed so that the juices remain inside, steaming with the meat.  For a very tender bake, try the recipe and you'll find that the meat just 'falls off the bones'.

 

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