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Kleftiko

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Kleftiko literally meaning "in the style of the Klephts", is lamb slow-baked on the bone, first marinated in garlic and lemon juice, originally cooked in a pit oven. It is said that the Klephts, bandits of the countryside who did not have flocks of their own, would steal lambs or goats and cook the meat in a sealed pit to avoid the smoke being seen. The main ingredients for this dish are lamb, olive oil, garlic, oregano, lemon and pepper. Kleftiko is usually sealed in a paper package, to keep the moisture and make the meat juicy.



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Lamb kleftiko, uktv.co.uk

Greek cuisine , en.wikipedia.org

Finger-licking Lamb Kleftiko , recipes.wikia.com