Slow-cooker lamb kleftiko with potatoes

Let the slow cooker work its magic and come home to a meal that's ready when you are.

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 9 hrs 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Slow-cooker lamb kleftiko with potatoes
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.4 kilogram lamb shoulder
  • 1 kilogram red- and white-skinned baby potatoes
  • 1 large (200g) brown onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon rigani (see tips) or dried oregano
  • 3 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup loosely packed fresh oregano leaves


Slow-cooker lamb kleftiko with potatoes
  • 1
    Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat; cook lamb, turning, for 20 minutes or until well browned.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a 4.5-litre (18-cup) slow cooker on Sauté (Medium) setting; cook potatoes, onion, bay leaves and cinnamon, stirring, for 10 minutes or until browned.
  • 3
    Place lamb on top of potatoes in cooker. Combine wine, stock, rind, juice, rigani and garlic in a small jug; pour over lamb. Cook, covered, on Low, for 9 hours or until meat is falling off the bone.
  • 4
    Serve lamb with potatoes and a little cooking liquid. Sprinkle with fresh oregano.


Depending on the size and shape of your slow cooker, you may be able to brown the lamb in the cooker for Step 1, if you prefer. Rigani is Greek-style dried oregano and is available from specialty food stores and delicatessens. You can use dried oregano instead. Accompany the lamb with a Greek salad or steamed continental beans and lemon halves, if desired.

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