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Arni Exohiko (Greek Lamb country style)

Arni Exohiko (Greek Lamb country style)

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Arni Exohiko, pronounced Ar-KNEE Eh-ksoh-hee-KOH, meaning lamb country style, is a dish which comes from Roumeli, usually made using leftover lamb, vegetables and cheese, wrapped in a parcel and baked.

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You can wrap it with puff pastry or phyllo.

I made mine using leftover Lamb Kleftiko, which I wrapped in puff pastry.

I used graviera and kasseri cheeses but you can use other cheeses like feta, halloumi, gruyere, pecorino etc. There were lots of leftover vegetables as well, so I added those as well.

If you do not have leftover lamb but you want to cook it from scratch, you can make a stir fry with lamb adding a variety of vegetables such as onion, garlic, leeks, finely chopped carrots, peas, corn, spinach, peppers, mushrooms, etc. When it cools you continue with the procedure mentioned in the recipe.

Not making lamb? Try it with leftover roasted pork, Galopoula Gemisti (Cypriot Stuffed Turkey) or chicken.

If you decide to wrap the filling in phyllo instead of puff pastry, you should brush each sheet either with oil (preferably olive oil) or melted butter and score it on top before baking.

You can also make individual pouches or packages, instead of a larger one (see this recipe of mine) or you can make your own phyllo as in Arniopita, which you can see in the video.

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Scroll at the end for the recipe.

collage making lamb exohiko

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Arni Exohiko (lamb country style)

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Lamb Exohiko (country style) is a dish which comes from Roumeli, usually made using leftover lamb, vegetables and cheese, wrapped in a parcel and baked. It can be wrapped in parchment paper or phyllo.


  • About 4 cups Leftover Lamb Kleftiko cut into very small cubes
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 cup grated graviera and kasseri
  • 3 eggs (minus 1 egg yolk)
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • A pinch of salt
  • Freshly grated black pepper
  • 1 - 2 tbsp olive oil

Egg wash:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp milk


  1. Cut the leftover lamb into smaller pieces and put it in a bowl.
  2. Beat the eggs, reserving one of the yolks and mix in the milk, cheese, salt, pepper and mustard. Pour over lamb and mix.
  3. Brush the borders of the puff pastry with the olive oil.
  4. Add the filling on the wider side and wrap, using the parchment paper.
  5. Beat the egg yolk with the milk and brush on top.
  6. Decorate with leftover puff pastry.
  7. Bake in a preheated oven to 180oC / 350o F, for about 30 - 40 minutes or until golden on top.
  8. Serve with a salad.
Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 385Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 172mgSodium 229mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 28g

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Lamb Recipes

Although people believe that in Greece we eat a lot of lamb, that is not really true. Lamb is the last in our meat recipes but I do have a few to share with you.

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Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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Thursday 17th of December 2015

This is a great recipe. I am going to make it this Christmas for my family. Looking forwards to your ebook too.


Sunday 13th of December 2015

Thanks for the e book offer, I would love to download it!


Sunday 13th of December 2015

You are welcome Areti. Happy Holidays!

Georgia Goltsos

Thursday 10th of December 2015

Have always had great results with Ivy's recipes!!!!!


Friday 11th of December 2015

Thanks Georgia. Sending you the e-book right away.


Thursday 10th of December 2015

This is when I wish I ate lamb. It looks so very tempting, Ivy.


Friday 11th of December 2015

Thank you Angie. Have sent you the e-book.

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