So I am a good Greek girl, who has been brought up on lamb.... and I love going camping, so I wanted to share this magnificent Lamb dish with you. Greek Lamb Shoulder Recipe called Kleftiko. Now this dish was created by the Klepht, freedom fighters, in the mountains of Greece. A little trivia: Klephti is the Greek word for Thief - think Kleptomaniac - and these Klepht were bandits. So this dish would have traditionally been made using a stolen Lamb - now you don't have to go out & steal a lamb, you can just get a nice grass fed lamb shoulder from our shop and it will do just as well as a stolen one!
They used to cook this dish in a fire pit in the ground in the middle of the woods, so that the smoke & smells weren't detected. So this is a great dish for camping in your camp oven, or if your in your kitchen then a slow cooker works just as well to replicate the traditional method of cooking this dish.
Now it's a simple recipe that utilises a bone-in lamb shoulder, which is a great cut for the family, as it stays nice & moist and tender and is cheaper than a leg of lamb. Here's what you'll need for your Family Feast:
1.5kg Bone-In Grass Fed Lamb Shoulder
1 Bulb of Garlic
2 Springs of Rosemary or Thyme
1 Small handful of fresh Oregano or 2 tspn of dried Oregano
2 Small Onions - quartered
3 Bay Leaves
2 Juicy Lemons
1kg of Potatoes &/or Sweet Potatoes - cut into similar size to the onions
Salt & Pepper to taste
Optional 300ml White Wine
100g Sheep or Goat Feta Cheese Crumbled
1) Make a marinade with the garlic bulb, skinned & crushed or chopped, add the oregano, rosemary or thyme, a dash of olive oil and salt & pepper to season it. This should make a loose paste. Now rub this all over the lamb and if time permits, let it marinade overnight in the fridge.
2) Take your lamb shoulder and place it on top of some of the potatoes & onions and then nestle some more around it in either your slow cooker or your camp oven. Now is the time to add the bay leaves and the wine if your using it and squeeze the lemon juice all over the lamb and the vegetables and top it off with a dash more of olive oil. The potatoes are going to soak up all of the lovely juices that and the flavours will be amazing!
3) Turn the Slow Cooker onto Low for 5-6 hours or into your camp oven, over the coals for approx. 2 hours - checking on it after 45min.
4) When you are about 30min from the end, you can now add the crumbled Feta if you wish and let it finish cooking.
This dish makes its own gravy and you know it is ready when the meat is falling off the bone.
If you don't have a slow cooker or a camp oven, you can bake this dish in the oven but you'll need to make a parcel using foil, lined with baking paper & place the lamb & vegetables into this & scrunch it up to seal in the flavours. Bake it at 160 for 2-3 hours - or until the meat is falling off the bone!
Enjoy this amazing traditional Greek Lamb Shoulder Kleftiko whether you're out camping or at home!
This recipe has been adapted from http://thoselondonchicks.com/thieves-lamb-%E2%80%A2-kleftiko/, https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/824653/lamb-kleftiko and https://canningsfreerangebutchers.com.au/slow-roasted-lamb-shoulder/