Greek Crockpot Lamb Pita Recipe

by katerina on February 21, 2012

Crockpot cooking sometimes makes me feel like a clichéd suburban housewife but it does produce wonderful food when you take advantage of what it does well – long slow, moist cooking. This recipe for slow cooker lamb gyros does exactly that. A leg of lamb simmers away all day with onions, tomatoes and oregano and becomes tender enough to pull apart and stuff into pitas.

Slow Cooker Leg of Lamb

If you go to Greece, you will find that gyros sometimes come with a french fry or two – feel free to add whatever toppings you want. For us that was fresh vegetables and herbs, hot sauce and a big dollop of tzatziki. If you make french fries invite me over okay?

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Greek Crockpot Lamb Pita Recipe

(serves 4-6)

1/2 cup water
1 cup tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1 onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic
1 4 lb leg of lamb, bone-in
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
salt and pepper
1 lemon
If desired serve with:
Whole wheat pitas
a batch of tzatziki
tomatoes, diced
chopped fresh parsley or mint
hot sauce
chopped lettuce

Combine the water, tomatoes, oregano, onion and garlic in a crockpot. Pat the lamb dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat a medium skillet to medium high heat. Add the vegetable oil and brown the lamb on all sides. Transfer to the slow cooker. Cook on low for 8-12 hours. Squeeze the lemon over the lamb and keep warm until you are ready to eat.

When you are ready to eat remove the lamb from the crockpot and break it into easy to bit chunks. If desired combine it in a bowl with some of the onions and tomatoes from the slow cooker. Taste and season the meat. Combine in pitas with sliced tomatoes, fresh herbs, lettuce, and tztatiki.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cooking Time: 480 minutes | Total Time:490 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 600

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