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Arnaki Kleftiko

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You would be surprised about the origin of some dishes. They are like all other inventions but having the same underlying motive. The Arnaki Kleftiko is a Greek dish and it is also known as the Bandit’s dish.
  Leg lamb 1
  Garlic 12 Clove (60 gm)
  Cooking oil/Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Water 1
  Cheese 6 Ounce
  Roasting potatoes/Baking potatoes 4 Pound, cut in half (Cooking This Is Very Simple, But If You Do Not Like Garlic Then You Would Not Like It Because Garlic Is One Of The Major Ingredient)

Now in those days, this dish was cooked in a hole that would serve as an oven, so preheat the oven to 250C (or 480F). Meanwhile pierce the leg of lamb with a sharp knife and use deep cuts to that it can be cooked quickly till inside. Stuff each of the piercings with cloves of garlic and piece/cube of cheese in others. After that just marinate the leg with olive oil, salt and black pepper, just enough to leave a very thin coat of the oil on the surface. Add further vegetables and potatoes cut and spread lightly over the leg of lamb.
Finally spread out the sheet of cooking parchment paper and put the leg of lamb in the middle. If there are any remaining pieces of cheese or garlic then you can add to your own choice. Wrap the leg of lamb till it is secured and ready to be put in the oven.
Fill 1/3 of the roasting pan with water and put the packet of the lamb on the pan. Leave it to cook for about 2 hours and 30 minutes while monitoring the parchment. If it is getting too dry then add some more water.
When it is ready then lift the entire packet and cut it so it is easy to serve. It will present itself as a platter.


The look of platter is majestic but in some gatherings it is better to have separate packets. To have separate packets you just need to originally cut the marinated leg of lamb before putting it into the oven. Make separate packs and put them separately in your oven. It works better if you have a smaller oven or roasting pan.
Some people like to have other vegetables like oregano, mint leaves, parsley and others and they surely add more to the taste.

Recipe Summary

Main Dish
Reason being, that bandits (or thieves) needed a cooking solution that would never leave a trace to skeptical people of law. However, you may not face this situation but it can be handy if you fancy a dish for a perfect getaway with your family.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 2988 Calories from Fat 1058

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 119 g183.3%

Saturated Fat 58.3 g291.3%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 406.4 mg135.5%

Sodium 1369.3 mg57.1%

Total Carbohydrates 356 g118.7%

Dietary Fiber 41.2 g164.7%

Sugars 15.6 g

Protein 146 g292%

Vitamin A 34.9% Vitamin C 627%

Calcium 158% Iron 123%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


Arnaki Kleftiko Recipe