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Greek Style Lamb Classic Roast

Updated on October 20, 2014
Greek style Leg of Lamb
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Step by Step Instructions for Preparing and Cooking Greek Lamb

Greek food is a wonderful mix of oriental and European dishes, cooked using different methods with fresh ingredients, easy to make and delightful.

My Australian hometown is the second largest Greek-speaking city in the world and Greek food has been part of my life since childhood. I don't know how authentic our 'Greek Food' is after at least sixty years of maturing far from home, but it still tastes wonderful. Our weather is similar to Greece, and the foodstuffs favoured by Greek immigrants thrive in our Mediterranean climate.

This Greek style lamb uses lemon, oregano and oil for a fresh and flavoursome taste.

Roast Lamb Greek Style

Ingredients for Greek style Lamb leg

  • Large leg of Lamb
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic, sliced into slivers
  • 2 tablespoons of dried oregano
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 6-8 large potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 2 large onions, chopped small
  • salt and pepper

Preparing the Lamb

Preheat the oven to moderate.

Rub half of the lemon juice and the oil over the lamb. Sprinkle with ground pepper.

Make some deep cuts in the lamb with a sharp knife and and insert the garlic slivers and 2 teaspoons of oregano into the cuts.

Sprinkle another couple of teaspoons of oregano over the top of the lamb.

Place in a large roasting pan and roast for 30 minutes.

Roasting the Lamb

After 30 minutes, carefully add 1/4 cup of water, the wine and onions to the roasting dish.

Roast for a further 30 minutes

Preparing the Potatoes

Toss the potatoes in the remaining lemon juice and oregano.

Adding the Potatoes

Add the potatoes and continue cooking for another 30 minutes, turning the potatoes occasionally.

If the pan juices become too thick, add more wine or water.

Let stand for 10 minutes and serve with potatoes and cooking juices.

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Serve with Greek Salad

How to make Greek Salad

A Greek salad is basically a tomato salad made of sliced or chopped tomatoes with some cucumber, red onion, feta cheese, and kalamata olives, seasoned with salt, black pepper, oregano, and basil and dressed with olive oil.

Make sure your feta is a really nice, fresh lump and, if you can get your hands on lebanese cucumber, by all means use that - it will make your salad tastier.

I have not given measurements so you can add more or less of any ingredient depending on your own taste.

Use whatever you have to hand, chop tomatoes and cucumber roughly. Toss together.

More Roast Lamb Recipes

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I can think of nothing better than sitting down to a dish of sweet roast lamb, crisp on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside

How about you?

How often do you eat Mediterranean style dinners?

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© 2008 Susanna Duffy

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      7 years ago

      Love Mediterranean food! The Greek lamb sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      7 years ago

      Roast leg of lamb is one Greek dish I have not yet conquered. I plan to try it again soon. Maybe for Easter dinner.

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      Paula Morgan 

      7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      Greek food and Lamb my two favourite things!

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      8 years ago from New York

      Ooh, this sounds sooo good. I love lamb. Blessed!

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      8 years ago

      When it comes to lamb roast I usually cook traditional, but your greek version does look particulary tasty. I'll have to sneak it in and see who notices!

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image


      9 years ago

      I make leg of lamb for Easter each year. As my husband is half Greek and half Italian, the meal has become a blend of the two cultures.

      Thanks for sharing


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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      I've never had much luck cooking lamb, but this looks so good! I might have to give it another try.


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