This delightful Greek recipe is absolutely one of the best things you can do with a lamb shoulder or leg. And it also has a great story behind its name; the Greek word ‘klefti’ means ‘steal’, and the story goes that in the past, when someone stole a sheep, they would cook it in a pit. This would hide the delicious aroma of the roasting lamb, with the bonus of the farmer not being able to locate his missing animal! The method used nowadays is ‘en papilotte’, ie wrapped in foil or baking paper. Included in the parcel are potatoes, plenty of garlic and towards the end Feta cheese and peas, so all you need to go alongside Kleftiko is a green or Greek salad.
Ingredients1 Lamb Shoulder/Leg
6 cloves Garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
4 medium Potatoes, quartered
100g Garden Peas
100g Feta Cheese
10 sprigs fresh Thyme
1 generous tsp Lemon Pyramid Salt