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Genuine Turkish Kleftico

This recipe was given to me by an old Turkish Chef, it should be done in a sealed clay oven but works pretty well in a conventional oven.
Serves 2

Ingredients
2 lamb shanks
2 large tomatoes
2 carrots
1 zuchini
1 large onion
2 large potatoes
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of rosemary
2 cloves of garlic.

Method
Place 3 layers of Turkey size foil on top of each other, and about 2 feet long, on this place on layer of baking parchement.
slice the onion and place onto the parchement,lay the lamb shanks on top of the onion, then cut the vegatables into large chunks and place around the lamb shanks, slice tomatoes and place on top. Crush the garlic and lay onto the tomatoe slices along with the bay leaf, and rosemary.

Sprinkle with sea salt and crushed black pepper.
Fold the sides of the foil up to form a parcel making sure it is well sealed. place in a pre-heated oven at 120 and leave for 4 hours,after this time turn the oven up to 150 fo 30 mins. Remove from foil and seve with frech crusty bread.

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
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mistake, October 19, 2007 - 06:59 AM
Reviewer: alexei ahmed from london/ cyprus
Kleftico is actually Greek Cypriot certainly not turkish. Kleftiko is a greek word derived from the word kleftis meaning thief - it is the symbol of slow cooking a thief into a tasty dish i.e. traditionally cooking old mutton into a tasty dish. Bay leaves are an essential ingredient. Lucky im around to correct mistakes eh!

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Melt in the mouth mutton, June 16, 2006 - 08:24 AM
Reviewer: Anonymous from UK
Mutton is making a comeback and this is a truly delicious way to enjoy it. Mutton would be the meat of choice in turkey anyway so make it all the more genuine. One last tip is cover it in Paprika before sealing your parcel, this will give it a far more pleasing final colour and will be more authentic, Another idea would be to replace Zucchini (i've never seen one in turkey) with Aubergine. But most of all enjoy.

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Genuine Turkish Kleftico, October 19, 2007 - 07:01 AM
Reviewer: alexei ahmed from london/ cyprus
Kleftiko is actually Greek Cypriot certainly not turkish. Kleftiko is a greek word derived from the word kleftis meaning thief - it is the symbol of slow cooking a thief into a tasty dish i.e. traditionally cooking old mutton into a tasty dish. Bay leaves are an essential ingredient. Lucky I'm around to correct mistakes eh!

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