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Lamb with Vine Leaves Baked in Fila Packets

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By Claudia Roden

Published 1986

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This is a not-so-common version of a Greek dish of lamb baked in parchment packets. It is very presentable and you can eat everything. (See fila).


  • 24 vine leaves, fresh or preserved in brine
  • 1 small leg of lamb
  • 4–5 tablespoons


If you are using fresh vine leaves, blanch them for a few seconds in boiling water until they become limp and their colour changes. If you are using leaves preserved in brine, soak them in boiling water for at least 1 hour to remove their saltiness, changing the water once. Drain well.

Cut the meat into six fat slices.

In a bowl mix the oil, lemon juice, wine, pepper, garlic and