Greek Easter Lamb (or Kid) Recipes

Greek Easter celebrations are noted for traditional and delicious foods that include tsoureki (Greek Easter bread), red eggs, and cheese and other dairy dishes (that were prohibited during the 7-week Lenten fast). But the centerpiece of the Easter meal is the meat.

Depending on where you live in Greece, the Easter meat is usually lamb or kid. Kid is not always available, so these recipes center around lamb, but many of them work equally well for kid.

Whether you're cooking for 1 or 100, with a...MORE large or small budget, there's a fabulous Greek recipe for lamb to meet your needs!

  • 01 of 08
    Roast Rack of Lamb and Potatoes
    Roasted lamb with potatoes. Anthony Johnson/Getty Images

    Leg of lamb (bone in or out) and potatoes roasted together with the flavors of garlic, lemon, and oregano is a great Sunday roast or special-occasion meal. This recipe is easy to prepare, and the taste is out of this world. If you've never prepared lamb and/or potatoes with ​lemon juice, this is the time to try.

  • 02 of 08
    Rack of lamb with rice in plate, close up
    Rack of lamb. Brian Leatart/Getty Images

    A rack of lamb usually consists of 8 or 9 small ribs and can be very expensive, especially if the rack is from a very young lamb. That's something to keep in mind when considering the budget.

  • 03 of 08
    Souvlaki with vegetables and rice
    Souvlaki. Brian Hagiwara/Getty Images

    This recipe is for small chunks of lamb cooked on small wooden skewers to be served as a ​snack or meze (a dish to complement drinks or beverages), but it can easily be converted to a main dish using larger pieces of lamb and adding all the trimmings.

     

  • 04 of 08

    A boned and tied leg of lamb is marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs and spices and slowly cooked on a rotisserie to produce a succulent piece of meat.

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  • 05 of 08
    Butterflied Leg.

    Start with a butterflied leg of lamb, give it a tasty wine and herb rub, marinate for 24 hours, roll it up, tie it, and cook. The taste is fabulous and it's exceptionally pretty, too!

  • 06 of 08
    Whole lamb barbecue spitfire roast mechoui
    Whole lamb being cooked on a spitfire. NicolasMcComber/Getty Images

    This recipe is from Ted Christou, a Greek-American who has made a spit-roasted whole lamb at Easter for the past 20 years. His recipe for a whole lamb stuffed with an herb and wine filling produces a fabulous result and an impressive centerpiece for the Greek Easter celebration.

  • 07 of 08
    Close-Up Of Meat Served In Plate
    Lamb Chops. Nazir Azhari Bin Mohd Anis / EyeEm/Getty Images

    Lamb with a simple herb rub cooked on the grill is about as classic and delicious as it gets. The beauty of this recipe is that it works as well for one person as it does for 100. It's an easy and simple Greek dish cooked in the traditional way -- on the grill. For best results, use fresh thyme. Its slightly woodsy taste and smell go perfectly with lamb.

  • 08 of 08

    Lamb Stovetop and Oven Casserole Recipes

    A casserole of lamb and young vegetables, as prepared at the Michelin starred restaurant Cafe 21 in Newcastle.
    Lamb casserole. Duncan Davis/Getty Images

    Stovetop and oven casseroles often call for less expensive cuts of lamb but these Greek classics don't skimp one bit on taste!