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Kleftico

Posted by: Lisa UK 07-08-99 3:23 PM

Kleftico

1 (4-pound) boneless leg of lamb or 8 shoulder lamb chops
8 slivers garlic
8 small carrots, cut in half
8 small white onions
8 small stalks celery, cut into 20 inch pieces
8 small potatoes, peeled, halved, and buttered with 4 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried mint


Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 .

If using leg of lamb, cut meat into eight 4 to 5-inch serving pieces. Make incisions in meat and insert slivers of garlic. Place each piece of meat on a large square of heavy-duty aluminium foil. Distribute the vegetables evenly among the eight packets. Add a few drops of lemon juice, salt, pepper, oregano, and mint. Fold the foil in double fold at top and seal like a package.

Arrange packages close together in a baking pan and bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Serve each foil package, sealed, on dinner plate and let each guest open his own.

Variation: Other vegetables can be used, such as 4 small courgettes, cut up; 4 ripe tomatoes, quartered; 4 green peppers, cut into eighths; 2 medium aubergines, peeled and cubed; 8 artichoke hearts, or 8 whole large mushrooms.

You could alternatively just cook the whole lot in a casserole with a really tight fitting lid if you cannot be bothered with all this 8 bits of stuff business!

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