In Zakynthos we encountered the Greek hospitality and the very famous Greek kitchen. The most common meats are beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. Fish and seafood are found mainly on the coast and in cities but, with the exception of squid, are often expensive. Olives are grown throughout Greece, and olive oil is used a great deal in cooking. Salads are often eaten with the main meal. Main courses include souvlaki, a shish kebab with cubes of meat—often pork or lamb—and vegetables, and stuffed eggplant or tomatoes. Pasta is also popular. Desserts are usually fruit or sweets such as baklava. At Easter, Greeks enjoy roast lamb or goat, as well as kokoretsi, which is lamb’s liver, lungs, and spleen wrapped in intestines and roasted on a spit. Lunch, served in the early afternoon between noon and 2 pm, is traditionally the main meal of the day. However, because of changing work patterns, many now eat their main meal in the evening, often not until after 9 pm. At restaurants, a group will often order a number of different dishes for everyone to share. It is not unusual for diners to go into the restaurant kitchen and choose their dinner by looking into the different pots of food. Our favourite dish was lamb Kleftiko. Below the recipe and don’t forget to watch the video above…..! Without Panos, Akis, Flamur and Yannis our stay on Zakynthos would not have been as unforgettable as it was now. Thanks guys!!

Ingredients
1 4 lb (1.8 kg). 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 tbsp (60 ml) melted butter
3 tbsp (45 ml) fresh lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp (15 ml) dried oregano
1 tbsp (15 ml) dried mint
Preparation
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 C.).
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.
Comments
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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14 Comments

  1. No?? How are you gonna do that? Because I’m going to Skiathos or Santorini next year, so if you don’t come with me, anyone else interested??????? :tongue_laugh_ee:

  2. He, you both :smile2_ee:
    Love your video ……. and I think I will love the lamb Kleftiko too ….. so, when will you invite me to eat lamb Kleftiko?? :laugh_tb:
    Oooh, I surely have to go to Zakynthos or one of the many other beautiful greek islands too, someday ….. so maybe we’ll meet us again out there :wink_ee:

  3. :rasberry_ee: pyrotechnic on dining table!! not too bad, not too bad…specially when it ended with such a mouth watering dish. (ahem…why am i suddenly feeling so hungry!! :laugh_tb: )

  4. :tongue1_tb: plenty!! problem is, you don’t wanna eat everything that catches your eye. and when you really like something to sink your teeth on, there is a huge possibility that it’d cost you a fortune!! how much did that meal cost ya, mr. marcel? :smile1_tb:

  5. Parvez, because of making the waiter famous through making the video, and put it on this weblog, they could not charge anything, instead they offered Me some money but I did not accepted that… :smiley2_tb:

  6. ha..ha…ha… is that so mr. marcel? so, did they give you the recipe for free too? you’re mighty damn witty mr. marcel. :laugh_tb:
    hey mr. marcel. tell you what! i’m gonna try this recipe at home…and i’ll let you know the outcome.

  7. But no kidding Parvez, they made some very tasty jacked potatos with this dish. I had never eaten such delecious creamy stuffed potatos. You can ask Esther for it. By the way Parvez, did you liked the video?

  8. oh parvez! YAH!!!
    im still waiting to get their recipe!!
    ill try to ask it again next time i speak to Flamur!
    oh if i get that recipe ill give it to you parvez, you will love it and eat nothing else anymore!!! :jittery_tb:
    kissis!

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