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Lamb Pie and Lamb Gyros with Leftovers

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.

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.

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.

Leftover Lamb Pie


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 spoonful of olive oil
  • ½ cup graviera cheese


Boil leeks until tender, then strain them.

  1. Sauté the onions, with one tablespoon of olive oil in a non stick frying pan, add leeks and add salt and pepper before adding the leftover meat, which is already salted. (I removed all visible fat from the meat and finely chopped it). Remove pan from the heat and then add the dill and let it cool down.
  2. Cut the puff pastry into square pieces 15 x 15 cm and wet the edges with a brush either with water or olive oil.
  3. Place some filling in the centre and add a spoonful of graviera cheese on top of the filling.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.
  4. Place them on an oiled tin or a baking tin lined with parchment paper.
  5. Beat an egg with a fork and with a brush glaze them and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.
  6. Preheat oven to 180o C / 350o F and bake them for about one hour or until golden brown.


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.


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

Greek Pita

My daughter used the leftover lamb to make some gyros.

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.



I have been tagged and given an Award from dear friends.

Peter, of Souvlaki for the Soul and Susan, of Food Blogga have tagged me for the 6 Word Memoir Meme.

(At this point I want to apologize to my dear friend Peter G, who had tagged me for the same Memoir during the week before Easter, but everything was was hectic that week that I planned to deal with it after Easter, but it seems that I am growing old and I forget).

To play in the Six Word Memoir, simply tell readers 6 characteristics that describe you.

Well I’m going to give you only the good side of my character.

  • Spontaneous
  • Caring
  • Honest
  • Hard working
  • Compassionate
  • Generous

This tag I have decided to pass on to new blogger friends. This is done in an effort to help people find new and interesting blogs to read, which obviously will lead to more good kitchen stories and recipes!

Sam, of Greek Food, Recipes and Reflections

Lulu, of Mama’s Taverna

Erik, of My Life as “Chef Erik”

Mike, of Mike’s Table

Lore, of Culinarty

Anamika, of Sugarcrafter

One other dear blogger friend, Deeba of Passionate About Baking, has honoured me with a nomination for for the Arte y Pico Award.

Here’s how it works:

You select 5 blogs that you feel excel in creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.

Thank you, Deeba and Val, for your kindness; I am honoured that you consider that my blog fits in all the above. :

Time for me to pass this phenomenal award on now…

The rules for the Arte y Pico Award are:

1. You pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.

2. Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.

3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.

4. Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Picoblog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

It was really difficult for me to pick 5 blogs.Deeba apart from myself has passed this award on to three other friends of mine to Val, Ben and Cynthia and of course to Jai and Bee whom I only know through the click event.As much as they all deserve it again, I would like to pass it on to some other friends as well.

Nuria, of Spanish Recipes

Pixie, of You say Tomahto I say Tomayto

Jenn, of The Leftover Queen

Rosie, of Rosie Bakes a Peace of Cake

Emiline, of Sugar Plum

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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25 Responses

  1. Pixie

    hi sweetie, you are so very thoughtful thank you!

    Great leftover dish for lamb, would fill our stomach with happiness!

  2. Ivy

    You are welcome Pixie and it’s well deserved.

  3. Peter G

    Hi Ivy…I tagged you on the 6 word memoir ages ago…It was here.

    Oh well…hope every one feels better after their gastro.

  4. Lulu

    Gosh, my first tag. Thanks, Ivy! Hmmm…thinking about how to describe myself…it won¨t be pretty!

  5. Emiline

    Thank you so much for the award, Ivy!
    You deserve every award you get.

    The lamb pie sounds great…of course.

  6. Lore

    Thanks for the tag Ivy and congratulation on your award!

    Your lamb pie sure looks great and I wouldn’t say no to that gyros either! I’ve never heard of graviera cheese so I’m now intrigued :).

  7. Ivy

    @ Peter: I am so sorry Peter, I forgot all about it. I explain why in the post.

    @ Lulu: Modest is one of them, find some more I am sure you can.

    @ Emiline: I enjoy reading your posts and of course you give us yummy recipes.

    @ Lore: Thank you Lore. Graviera is a hard yellow cheese but so tasty.

  8. Peter G

    Not a problem Ivy! (what is your name in Greek by the way?…I’m Παναγιωτης)…Να σου πω τα Ελληνικα σουβλακια ειναι τοσο νοστιμα…

  9. Ivy

    Can I call you Panagiotis from now on? My Greek name is IVI (Ήβη) but when I went to the English school they used to call me Ivy, so I kept it when we returned back to Cyprus and they called me Ivy at school.
    Greek souvlaki is the best. A friend of mine who went to Turkey recently said that they meat in Turkey smells so bad that she couldn’t eat lamb souvlaki.

  10. White On Rice Couple

    Those six words certainly convey through your wonderful and delicious blog!

  11. Laurie Constantino

    Great use of leftovers Ivy! As for your six words, your hard working characteristic definitely shows up on your blog. I have no idea how you have the time to maintain multiple blogs, read so many other blogs, and keep on top of the rest of your life. You are Peter M. are quite amazing in your productivity!

  12. Cakelaw

    This looks delicious Ivy – what a great way to serve leftover lamb!

  13. Anamika:The Sugarcrafter

    dear ivy
    thank you for passing my blog and thinking of me for the 6 Word Memoir Meme. I have described my self in my one of my earlier posts, so do give me some more time to think of more about me..

  14. Núria

    Hey sweetie! Thanks so much Ivy!!! And forgive me for being so late in my answer. I feel so honored 😀 Val and you always give me the awards together… that’s fun!!!

    The pita seems to be perfect for this leftover, I’m getting so curious about it… I shall do it soon 😉

  15. Lulu

    I did it!

  16. Swati: Sugarcraft India

    Dear Ivy

    Congrats on the award and it was nice reading about you to…. thats a beautiful person we have amongst us!!

  17. Ivy

    @ White on Rice Couple: Thanks for passing by.

    @ Laurie: Thanks, well I have been saying it for some days now that I will cut down the posts as it was very stressing lately.

    @ Cakelaw: Hey there, no more of that, now I am on a diet.

    @ Anamika: Take your time.

    @ Nuria: Great minds think alike.

  18. Ivy

    Hi Lulu, shall check it out.

    Hi Swati, thanks for visiting and I agree.

  19. Susan from Food Blogga

    You mean there’s another side of you that isn’t good? I doubt that. 🙂 Thanks for playing along, Ivy.

  20. Ivy

    Νο one’s perfect!!

  21. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen

    Thanks so much Ivy! Sorry I am so late in getting over here, but you know how things have been! 🙂
    I am so honored to have made your list!

  22. Ivy

    Jenn, I absolutely understand. You are a real classy lady. Thanks for participating, I know you are still on your honey moon and how busy you are:)

  23. Bellini Valli

    First of all congratulations on your awards and accolades, Sis!!!!! You deserve every bit of recognition. I think that the words you have chosen describe you to a T.

  24. Rosie

    Hi Ivy, thank you so much for this award I am truly homoured. Sorry I am very late in commenting due to my recent illness.

    Your lamb dish looks delish 🙂

    Rosie x

  25. Ivy

    Hope you are feeling much better now.