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Lamb Pie and Lamb Gyros with Leftovers

Lamb Pie and Lamb Gyros with Leftovers

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Everybody loves a good lamb pie wrapped in puff pastry and this one is made with leftover lamb on the spit, a few days after Easter with the addition of leeks, spring onions, dill and graviera cheese, which is just delicious!

Usually, as a big family, we don’t have a lot of leftovers.  On Monday I prepared lots of food as it was my eldest son’s name day but none of my sons ate much, as they were not feeling well.   On Tuesday I made a Lamb Roast, tabbouleh, tzatziki and a Birthday Cake but unfortunately again I had lots of leftovers as they DID NOT EAT.

Leftover lamb image

They were both not feeling well and the doctor diagnosed gastroenteritis.  They are now feeling much better  but they are still on a diet, so today I prepared four different meals.

I prepared lappas, for one of them which is a soup with boiled carrots with rice, with a little olive oil, salt and lemon juice, as the doctor prescribed, which is good for the stomach,  whilst my other son who is feeling better needed something light, but tastier to eat so I added a potato to his lappas as well as some fresh cod fish.

lappas image

Well as I said I had lots of leftover lamb from Easter in the refrigerator so I had to make good use of it.  I made a search on the internet but I did not  find anything interesting to cook with the leftovers.  

My husband wanted to go out shopping as he had to go to Athens later in the day for some other business and he was pressuring me to decide what to cook.   I kept thinking and thinking and then I found the solution on my own site. I would make a Lamb Pie, based on my Meat Pie.

My husband went out to buy some fish for soup for the boys and as I was preparing the pie he called me to tell me that he found some fresh anchovies called gavros in Greek and asked me if we wanted some for tomorrow.  I could have said “no thanks” but it’s been a while that I wanted to make anchovies so I told him that it was a great idea but only ½ a kilo as the boys would still eat something light tomorrow.   Of course that added some extra time in the kitchen as I had to prepare the fish as well.

The pie I decided to make would be somewhat different to the one I usually make and instead of using ground beef I would use the leftover lamb.  However, as I had so many things to prepare I would use ready made puff pastry instead of making the phyllo myself.  Apart from all the above my daughter did not want to eat the meat pie so she asked me to reserve some leftover lamb for her as she planned to make something herself.

Collage Lamb Pie image

Lamb Pie and Lamb Gyros with Leftovers

Preparation time:  30 minutes

Baking time:  30 minutes

Serves:  8

Ingredients:

  • 1 Puff Pastry
  • 1 egg for glazing
  • Sesame seeds

For the filling:

  • Leftover roasted lamb or goat (about ½ kilo)
  • 2 medium sized leeks chopped in slices
  • 5 – 6 spring onions
  • ½ cup of dill finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup graviera cheese, grated

Directions:

  1. In a non-stick frying pan, sauté the leeks and onions, with one tablespoon of olive oil  until soft.
  2. Remove all the visible fat from the lamb and cut it into smaller pieces.   Add it to the onions and leeks and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.  Mix in the dill.
  4. Cut the puff pastry into square pieces 15 x 15 cm and with a brush wet the edges either with water or olive oil.
  5. Place some filling in the centre and add a spoonful of graviera cheese on top of the filling.
  6. Join the two sides, by pressing together and then join the other two.  You can leave them square or continue folding the edges towards the centre and make them round.
  7. Place them on an oiled baking tin or a baking tin lined with parchment paper.
  8. Beat an egg with a fork and with a brush glaze them. 
  9. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.
  10. Preheat the oven to 180o C / 350o F and bake them for about thirty minutes or until golden on top.
  11. Serve with a salad.
Lamb Pie image

Lamb Pie and Lamb Gyros with Leftovers

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Everybody loves a good lamb pie wrapped in puff pastry and this one is made with leftover lamb on the spit, a few days after Easter with the addition of leeks, spring onions, dill and graviera cheese, which is just delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 Puff Pastry
  • 1 egg for glazing
  • Sesame seeds

For the filling:

  • Leftover roasted lamb or goat (about ½ kilo)
  • 2 medium sized leeks chopped in slices
  • 5 - 6 spring onions
  • ½ cup of dill finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup graviera cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. In a non-stick frying pan, sauté the leeks and onions, with one tablespoon of olive oil  until soft.
  2. Remove all the visible fat from the lamb and cut it into smaller pieces.   Add it to the onions and leeks and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside to cool.  Mix in the dill.
  4. Cut the puff pastry into square pieces 15 x 15 cm and with a brush wet the edges either with water or olive oil.
  5. Place some filling in the centre and add a spoonful of graviera cheese on top of the filling.
  6. Join the two sides, by pressing together and then join the other two.  You can leave them square or continue folding the edges towards the centre and make them round.
  7. Place them on an oiled baking tin or a baking tin lined with parchment paper.
  8. Beat an egg with a fork and with a brush glaze them. 
  9. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.
  10. Preheat the oven to 180o C / 350o F and bake them for about thirty minutes or until golden on top.
  11. Serve with a salad.

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Greek Lamb Gyros

Gyros is a street food sold in Greece.   Big chunks of meat are skewered on vertical skewer, which rotates in front of heat.  When the outer layer is cooked, it is “shaved” with an electric knife.  Pieces of meat are added in a Greek pita (flat bread) and served with tzatziki, fried potatoes, thinly sliced onion, tomato, salad etc.

Greek gyros image

This is food is not easy to recreate at home but as a substitute you can used roasted lamb, chicken or pork.

Greek Pita image

My daughter used the leftover lamb to make some gyros.

collage Lamb gyros image

She asked me to fry some potatoes.

I prepared the pita for her by spraying some olive oil in a non stick frying pan.

I let it warm up and heated the pita on both sides for a few minutes.

She added leftover tambouli, leftover lamb meat, finely sliced, tzatziki and potatoes et voila.

lamb gyros image

 

Update 12 April, 2018

Each year I love making a lamb pie with out Easter leftover lamb meat.  All these years I have not found the time to update the post but I’ve made this pie again with homemade phyllo from scratch with a different filling, which is similar to the one I made today but only with lamb and no potatoes.

Lamb pie with homemade phyllo before baking image

 

I did not take any notes on the amounts I used but this year we had some leftover lamb, a slice of kokoretsi and a few pieces of roasted chicken and roasted potatoes.  Again, I removed all the visible fat from the meat and cut the meat and potatoes into smaller pieces.

Lamb pie with homemade phyllo image

 

I made a small amount of bechamel (I used 50 grams olive oil, 50 grams flour, 2 cups milk and 2 eggs, salt and nutmeg), in which I added the meat and potatoes, I added two finely chopped spring onions, some dill and parsley (about 1/2 cup), 1 cup of graviera cheese and 3 leftover  hard boiled Easter eggs, finely chopped.

lamb filling image

 

I used one sheet of puff pastry for the bottom layer, the filling in the middle and the other sheet on top.  I baked the pie for about 35 minutes, until it was golden on top.

baked lamb pie with puff pastry image

Although we love it with homemade phyllo, it is equally good with puff pastry as well.  We loved the addition of potatoes and hard boiled eggs in the filling.

Try it and I am sure you will love it!

lamb pie with more meat and potatoes image

 

 

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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Ivy

Thursday 8th of May 2008

Hey Rosie. No worries my friend. Hope you are feeling much better now.

Rosie

Wednesday 7th of May 2008

Hi Ivy, sorry I am very late in commenting due to my recent illness.

Your lamb dish looks delish :)

Rosie x

Bellini Valli

Wednesday 7th of May 2008

Sis, love all your recipes!!!!! I tried graviera when visiting Greece and wish I could find some in Canada!

Ivy

Tuesday 6th of May 2008

Jenn, I absolutely understand. You are a real classy lady and no worries for not showing up. I know you are still on your honey moon and how busy you are:)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

Tuesday 6th of May 2008

Sorry I am so late in getting over here, but you know how things have been! :)I love lamb!

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