Lamb baked in Greek Yogurt

Regional Greek Easter Lamb & Goat Recipes

GREEK REGIONAL EASTER LAMB & GOAT RECIPES 

Cretan Braised Lamb & Greens with Egg-Lemon Sauce - Arni Fricasse
Serves 4
This dish is made all over Greece, but this particular version, the original of which calls for a wild Cretan chicory called askolimbrous is from Crete. You can use any sweet or even bitter green for this. As for the olive oil, you can find Greek extra virgin olive oil and other Greek products by clicking here.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Greek extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 2 1/2 pounds lamb shoulder, cut into stewing pieces
  3. 2 cups coarsely chopped onion
  4. 2 1/2 pounds trimmed greens (any combination of spinach, chard, chicory, sorrel, wild fennel, vine shoots, bryony, or thistles)
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
For the sauce
  1. 2 large eggs
  2. Fresh strained juice of 2 lemons
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large wide stewing pot and add the lamb. Brown on all sides over medium-high heat. Remove and set aside. Add the onions to the pot and saute, stirring, over medium heat until translucent, about eight minutes. Place the meat back in the pot and stir together with the onions. Season with salt and pepper. Add enough water just to cover the lamb. Cover the pot and simmer for about one and a half hours.
  2. In the meantime, wash and drain the greens. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil and blanch the greens for a few minutes to wilt. Drain and rinse under cold water in a colander. Add the greens to the lamb and continue cooking for another half hour. Add more water during cooking if necessary. There should always be liquid in the pot.
  3. Make the avgolemono: Using a wire whisk, beat the eggs and lemon together until frothy and then take a ladleful of pot juices and add them to the egg mixture in a slow steady stream, whisking all the while. Pour the avgolemono into the pot, remove from heat, and tilt pan so that the sauce is evenly distributed. Serve immediately.
Notes
  1. Try serving this with my Greek yiayia's roasted potatoes.
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Lamb Baked in Greek Yogurt
Serves 4
In the northern parts of Greece, all sorts of meats, from chicken to savory meatballs to lamb and goat, are cooked in sauces based on the local, delicious, thick, strained sheep’s milk yogurt. This dish comes from the traditional cooking of the Vlachs, a once itinerant shepherd tribe, and is sometimes called vlachiko. I have modified this recipe by using boneless lamb instead of leg of lamb and replacing some of the butter with olive oil when browning the meat and vegetables.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons/30 ml extra-virgin Greek olive oil
  2. 1 tablespoon/14 g butter
  3. 1 pound/450 g boneless lamb or goat, cut into serving sizes
  4. 4 scallions, trimmed and finely chopped
  5. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 1/2 cup parboiled rice
  7. 1/2 cup/120 ml white wine
  8. 1 cup/240 ml water
  9. Salt and pepper
  10. 2 large eggs
  11. 2 cups/480 ml strained Greek yogurt
  12. 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  13. 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
  14. 3 tablespoons grated kefalotyri cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  2. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large, wide pan over medium-high heat and brown the lamb pieces, turning to color evenly. Add the scallions and stir until soft. Stir in the garlic and cook for a few minutes to soften. Add the rice and pour in the wine and water. As soon as the rice has absorbed most of the liquid, season the contents of the pot with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  3. Whisk the eggs until creamy. In a separate bowl, whisk together the yogurt and flour. Whisk the yogurt mixture into the eggs and stir in the chopped mint. Season lightly with a little salt.
  4. Place the lamb mixture in a clay or ovenproof glass or ceramic baking dish about 3 inches/8 cm deep. Spread the yogurt mixture evenly over the meat. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes until the yogurt is set and lightly browned on top and then cover and cook for another 45 minutes until the lamb tender. Ten minutes before removing from oven, sprinkle, if desired, with grated kefalotyri cheese.
Adapted from The Country Cooking of Greece
Adapted from The Country Cooking of Greece
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Macedonian Braised Lamb with Parsley & Avgolemono
Serves 8
This lamb dish from Macedonia calls for parsley, an herb used profusely in the region's cuisine.
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Ingredients
  1. ½ cup Greek extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1-2 kilos (2-4½ lbs.) lamb shoulder, bone in, cut into serving pieces
  3. 750 gr. (1½ lb.) fresh flat-leaf parsley, stems removed and leaves finely chopped
  4. Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  5. 3 large eggs, separated
  6. Juice of 2 large lemons
Instructions
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and brown the lamb. Stir in the parsley and reduce the heat to low. Season with salt and pepper. Add enough water to come about halfway up the contents of the pot. Cover and simmer until the lamb is very tender, about 1½ hours, adding water if necessary to prevent sticking. There should always be liquid in the pot.
  2. When the lamb is cooked, prepare the egg-lemon sauce: Beat the whites until foamy and almost stiff. Whisk the yolks and lemon juice together. Fold the yolk-and-lemon mixture into the beaten whites. Add a ladleful of the pot juices to the egg mixture in a slow steady stream, whisking all the while. Pour the avgolemono into the pot, remove the pot from the heat, and tilt the pot so that the sauce is distributed evenly.
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Aegean Island Easter Goat Stuffed with Rice, Pine Nuts & Raisins - Byzanti
Serves 10
This wonderful dish, from Kalymnos in the Dodecanese, is a classic Greek island Easter recipe. Easter in the Aegean is a feast not of spit-roasted lamb—the cliché image of the Greek paschal table—but of stuffed, wild island goat. Spring herbs, especially wild fennel, nuts, rice, spring onions, and sometimes cheese go into the mix, which is then stuffed into the cavity of the goat before baking it, typically in a wood-burning oven. I have never been able to trace the root of the name of this unique stuffed island goat recipe, which hails from the remote island of Karpathos and is seasoned most unusually with cloves, a spice reserved for the pastry kitchen in most of the rest of Greece.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 whole milk-fed goat, about 10 pounds/5 kilos, plus viscera (liver, kidneys, and lungs)
  2. 3 lemons
  3. Salt and pepper to taste
  4. 1 cup extra virgin Greek olive oil
  5. ½ cup unsalted butter
  6. 10 scallions, finely chopped
  7. 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  8. 1 tablespoon cumin powder, or more to taste
  9. 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
  10. ½ tablespoon ground cloves
  11. 4 cups short grain rice
  12. 4 cups tomatoes plus juices, finely chopped
  13. 1 cup pine nuts, toasted
  14. 1 cup golden raisins
  15. 3 cups fresh dill, finely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F (190C).
  2. Rinse the goat very well inside and out. Pat dry. Cut the lemons in half and rub them over the body and inside the cavity of the lamb, squeezing as you go. Season the lamb or goat generously with salt. Set aside.
  3. Rinse, drain, and finely chop the liver, kidneys and lungs. Heat half the olive oil and butter in a large, wide pot over medium heat and cook the chopped viscera until lightly browned. Add the scallions and garlic and cook until soft. Add the rice and stir to coat. Add the spices and stir for a minute or so to release their aroma. Pour in the tomatoes. Season generously with salt and pepper. Cook until the liquid is reduced by about half. The mixture should be loose. Add the pine nuts, raisins, and dill. Set aside to cool.
  4. Carefully stuff the cavity of the goat with the rice mixture. Sew it closed with a large needle and thread. Rub the goat with remaining butter and olive oil and season the outside generously with salt and pepper. Roast uncovered for one hour to brown. Reduce heat to 300˚F/150˚C and continue roasting slowly for another 2 to 3 hours, or until the goat is very tender.
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Halkidiki-Style Easter Lamb, Baked over Herbed Rice - Psima
Serves 10
Lamb and goat baked over vegetables are Easter specialties in various parts of Macedonia. In Pella and Goumenissa, for example, a similar dish calls for baking the meat in an egg crust over scallions. This dish, called Psima in local parlance, is also baked over a hearty layer of vegetables and rice and made even more flavourful with the addition of raisins, a traditional product in Halkidiki.
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Ingredients
  1. Salt
  2. 1 pound/1/2 kilo lamb’s liver (optional), trimmed of membranes
  3. 4 ½ pounds/2 ¼ kilos lamb shoulder, bone-in, trimmed of fat and cut into stewing-size pieces
  4. Freshly ground black pepper
  5. ¼ cup extra virgin Greek olive oil
  6. ¼ cup/1/2 stick unsalted butter
  7. 2 pounds/1 kilo spring onions or scallions, white and green parts, cleaned and cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces
  8. 1 cup short-grain rice
  9. 1 cup golden seedless raisins
  10. 1 cup chopped fresh dill
  11. ½ cup chopped fresh mint leaves
  12. 3 ½ cups water
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F/ 190˚C and lightly oil a large baking pan.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil and blanch the liver, if using, for 5 to 8 minutes until it has changed color completely. Remove and finely chop.
  3. Wash, trim, and pat dry the meat with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over high heat and sear the meat, turning to brown on all sides. Remove from the pot.
  4. Using the same pot add the butter and sauté the spring onions, rice, raisins and herbs, and season with salt and black pepper. Add the chopped liver to the rice mixture.
  5. Spread the rice mixture over the bottom of the pan and place the meat on top. Pour in the water. Cover with a sheet of aluminum foil.
  6. Bake for 1 ½ to 2 hours, adding more water to the rice mixture if necessary. Remove from the oven, let cool slightly, and serve.
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