Greek style lamb, potato and rosemary kleftiko (in the slow cooker)

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Oct 11, 10:11 PM in . Comments [3].

Garlic and rosemary

There is talk of cold weather on its way. Frost will be setting in over the next few weeks. Its a great opportunity to use the slow cooker and plan ahead to make sure you aren’t going for “quick and unhealthy” convenience meals when you get in from a long day. It’s the very end of the lamb season, which means you can get some nice strongly flavoured lamb, just suited to this recipe.

Some people are afraid to use lamb as it appears to be quite a fatty meat. These days you can get some good lean cuts of lamb but you will find that a large proportion of the fat in lamb is unsaturated, which is good for you. Lamb is also high in iron and zinc so don’t be afraid to have it now and again….and greek style is delicious!


  • 1kg shoulder of lamb (with bone)
  • 3 tbsp chopped rosemary
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 head of garlic, halved
  • 2 tomatoes, halved
  • 4 potatoes, quartered
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • pitta bread (to serve)


  1. rub the lamb , sparingly, with sea salt and pepper and insert rosemary sprigs into the joint (use a knife to make incisions).
  2. put the onions, garlic, tomatoes and potatoes into the bottom of the slow cooker and rest the shoulder of lamb on top.
  3. pour over the stock and olive oil and cook for 4 hours on the high setting or 8 hours on low.
  4. Serve with pitta bread.

(serves 6)

Tags: Kleftiko, Lamb, Slow Cooker

About the author

Anne Myers-Wright

Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Anne is a Health Professions Council (HPC) registered dietitian (RD), an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD- Australia), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Dietetic Association, The Nutrition Society and of The Dietetics Association of Australia.


  1. this sounds lovely! Will try this soon I think. Always on the lookout for interesting and healthy slow cooker recipes. thanks!

  2. I have this recipe in the slow cooker as I type. It’s been cooking for three hours now and smells absolutely delicious, I can’t wait to try it. I didn’t manage to find shoulder of lamb with the bone in, the supermarket I went to didn’t have a good selection of lamb in general though.

  3. Just bought myself a slow cooker so I just tried this tonight and lamb was cooked beautifully,my husband is Greek and the Greeks dont use rosemary with lamb like we do, they use lemon and oregano. Because of this it didnt taste like a kleftiko as such but was amazing anyway. I will leave out the rosemary next time and use oregano and 1 lemon cut in half. Thanks for the recipe we had a great dinner tonight!I will be checking back on your site soon!

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