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Recipe for Greek Style Roast Lamb on a Spit

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Arni sthn Souvla or whole roasted lamb on a spit is a tradition enjoyed by many Greeks, most often at Easter time. It’s not for the faint of heart, nor those in a rush. It takes time and patience but the rewards at the end are scrumptious.

Greek Style Roast Lamb on a Spit Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 whole lamb 30-35lbs
  • High quality olive oil
  • Fresh crushed garlic or garlic powder
  • Greek Oregano. The stronger the smell the better
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Whole Lemons
  • Natural wood charcoal

Instructions on How to Make Greek Spit-Roasted Lamb:

Prepare the ladolemono by mixing the olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper and fresh oregano. This really is something you prepare to taste depending on how strong you enjoy the various flavor components. You will need at least 4 cups as you will be basting the entire lambs multiple times during cooking.

2. Prepare your workspace by cutting some contractor bags open and placing them flat on a sturdy table.

3. Place the lamb on the spit. To secure the lamb, tie the legs to the spit using thick strong wire or U clips. You will also need to attach the spine of the lamb to the skewer by cutting 2 incisions into the lamb and using the U clips, or wire, to attach the spine to the skewer.

3. Generously baste the whole lamb, inside and out, with the latholemono. Wrap the lamb up using the contractor bags and store overnight in a cold area or on ice.

Take the lamb out and unwrap the contractor bags

2. Prepare the rotisserie, or Souvla, by placing the wood charcoal in a pile right in the center. This will help the wood charcoal light better. Once the flame has died down, spread out the coal to both sides of the grill. Avoid having the wood charcoal in the middle, as it will burn the lamb.

3. Place the lamb on the highest rung of the souvla. The purpose of this is to slowly warm up the lamb. After about a half an hour you can lower it to be closer to the flame.

4. Let the lamb slow roast, basting with the ladolemono every half hour or so. The lamb should take about 4-5 hours for an average 30-35lb lamb. Keep an eye on the lamb and raise the skewer higher if the lamb is beginning to burn.

Don’t forget to take a sample right from the spit as it’s cooking. The best meze is straight from the spit!!

PLEASE NOTE: Greek recipes can be slightly different based on a variety of reasons, such as the region of Greece that the recipe is being made in. If you have seen this Greek recipe made another way, please send us an email to greekboston@worldwidegreeks.com and we will evaluate your suggestion. Thanks!

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