Arnaki Kleftiko (Bandit's Lamb)

Recipe by Member 610488
READY IN: 2hrs 50mins




  • Preheat the oven to 480°F
  • Rub the lamb with a little olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • With a sharp knife, pierce the lamb and insert a clove of garlic and a piece of cheese into each opening. Do this until the cloves are all inserted into the lamb.
  • Drizzle the potatoes and carrots with any remaining oil, season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • On a clean work surface, spread out the parchment sheets and lay the lamb in the center, with the potatoes and carrots. If there is any remaining cheese, add as well.
  • Close the parchment paper and secure well, tucking the sides underneath to make a packet.
  • Fill a roasting pan 1/3 full of water, add the packet and cook for 2 hours 30 minutes, adding more water to the pan as needed to keep from getting dry.
  • When done, lift the entire packet onto a serving platter, and cut open at the table to serve.
  • Alternate preparation: Cut meat into serving size portions and wrap each portion, together with portion-size serving of potatoes and carrots, individually. Set side by side in roasting pan to cook, and serve one packet to each plate.