Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb

  • 5MINS
  • 6HR
  • 417KCAL

Our Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb has all the Greek flavours but is a great slimming friendly version, whether you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!

NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories417
  • Carbs11g
  • Protein32g
  • Fat27g
  • Saturates11g
  • Sugars3g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

This Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb has all of the Greek flavours, but is a great slimming friendly version, whether you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!

This dish is really simple and easy to make, you just need to pop it in the oven and wait a few hours.  If you’d prefer you can also cook this in the slow cooker!

Our Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb is very aromatic, fresh and filling and can also be frozen – perfect for batch cooking!

This dish takes us right back to our summer holidays and we love it served with a beautiful, vibrant salad.

What diets is this Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb suitable for?

This Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb recipe is suitable for dairy free and gluten free diets.

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb recipe?

  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Slow Cooked Lamb Kleftiko recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 8 Points per portion of this Slow Cooked Lamb Kleftiko recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 7 Points per portion of this Slow Cooked Lamb Kleftiko recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

It’s super tasty and filling so you could easily serve half a portion and enjoy it with extra vegetables or a side salad!

Do you need any special ingredients to make Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb?

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You’ll need to use a fat separator to make the gravy in this recipe.  You can pick one of these up over on Amazon.

 

How many Calories are in this Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb?

There are 417 Calories per portion in this Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb, which means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment.

This Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat oven to 170°C.

Step 2

Spray roasting dish with low calorie cooking spray then sprinkle half the sliced onion, 2 bay leaves, some of the fresh rosemary and oregano, some of the tomato slices, both potatoes, a couple of slices of lemon and half the garlic in the roasting tray.

Step 3

Place the leg of lamb on the top.

Step 4

Spray with some more low calorie cooking spray and place the rest of the ingredients on top.

Step 5

Pour the juice of a lemon all over the meat.

Step 6

Season well and sprinkle the smoked paprika over the top.

Step 7

Wrap the tray in foil and ensure it is well sealed. Now place in your preheated oven for about 5 hours.

Step 8

After 5 hours, turn the oven up to 200°C and leave the meat to sit for 20 minutes.

Step 9

After 20 minutes, remove the foil and remove some of the juices and potatoes from under the lamb.

Step 10

Run the juices through a fat separator and blitz to make a gravy. Return the meat to the oven to crispen up (not burn!)

Step 11

Remove the meat from the oven, shred with a couple of forks and place in a serving dish. Pour over some of the gravy over and serve.

What should you should serve with this Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb?

This Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb works really well with a beautifully fresh salad, but the following dishes are also great options;

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How do you know when Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb is cooked?

You’ll know that your Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb is ready when the juices run clear and the meat is crisp – but not burnt!

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe. 

Can I cook Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb another way?

Yes, you can!  Although we’ve slow cooked this recipe in the oven, you can also use a slow cooker.  This should take around 6 hours on medium/high.

How long can you keep Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so. 

Can I freeze Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb?

Yes you can! This recipe makes 6 portions and so it’s perfect for batch cooking and freezing.  Please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb?

From chilled: Place in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.

From frozen: Allow to defrost, and heat covered in the microwave for 2-3 minutes then turn and cook for a further 2 minutes until piping hot.

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Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb

Our Slow Cooked Kleftiko Lamb has all the Greek flavours but is a great slimming friendly version, whether you're counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers!
  • Prep Time
    5 MINS
  • Cook Time
    6 HR
  • KCals 417
  • Carbs 11G
WW Points
  • 8 Green
  • 8 Blue
  • 7 Purple

Ingredients

  • 1 leg lamb all visible fat removed
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 4 large tomatoes chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 bay leaves
  • few sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large potatoes sliced
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
  2. Spray roasting dish with low calorie cooking spray then sprinkle half the sliced onion, 2 bay leaves, some of the fresh rosemary and oregano, some of the tomato slices, both potatoes, a couple of slices of lemon and half the garlic in the roasting tray.
  3. Place the leg of lamb on the top.
  4. Spray with some more low calorie cooking spray and place the rest of the ingredients on top.
  5. Pour the juice of a lemon all over the meat.
  6. Season well and sprinkle the smoked paprika over the top.
  7. Wrap the tray in foil and ensure it is well sealed. Now place in your preheated oven for about 5 hours.
  8. After 5 hours, turn the oven up to 200°C and leave the meat to sit for 20 minutes.
  9. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and remove some of the juices and potatoes from under the lamb.
  10. Run the juices through a fat separator and blitz to make a gravy. Return the meat to the oven to crispen up (not burn!)
  11. Remove the meat from the oven, shred with a couple of forks and place in a serving dish. Pour over some of the gravy over and serve.

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Chloe SullivanSaturday 16th March 2019

can you cook this in the slow cooker ?

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