It’s a big, fat Greek Lamb Kleftiko recipe over at our Greek Food Goddess Gen @Eat, Play Clove for this month’s installment of Monthly Mystery Munchies. This woman roasted this succulent, juicy lamb for a good 4-5 hours!
Who would have thought that this Greek dish comes with a story behind it too! According to Gen’s post:
‘Kleftiko’ means ‘stolen’ in Greek. Back in the day, bandits would thieve cattle and cook the meat, sealed in a pit oven and covered with sand, to prevent their opponents from seeing the fire. They would leave the meat buried in the ground all day and return to a slow-cooked meal at night. Genius. I’m not an advocate for theft but I like the initiative these dudes showed. (Please buy your meat with actual money!)
And, you’ve got to give it to Gen to leave you drooling with her description:
Here’s where it gets even yummier: it’s marinated overnight in garlic, fresh herbs and lemon juice. Then, when you’re ready to cook it, it’s surrounded by veggies, topped with thickly sliced tomatoes, sprinkled with seasoning and drizzled with olive oil. And a partridge in a pear tree.
Think of it as your one-stop roast pot. Beautiful, succulent, falling-off-the-bone lamb, and potatoes, onions and carrots that have been absorbing all the tasty lamb and herb juices. No missioning with extra veggies. Carve it, dish it and you’re good to go.
I was completely off the mark with my guess of thinking that Gen would be making something with phyllo, but I think this was a great choice! What are you waiting for? Hope on over to ber blog for the fabulous Lamb Kreftiko Recipe @ Eat, Play, Clove!