Friend of the Festival Daen Lia wants you to cook this insanely good-looking 40-garlic-clove souvlaki. Do you accept?

Serves 8 

Cook time 4 hours and 45 mins 

Prep time 10 mins 


Slow roasted lamb
2.5kg lamb shoulder with the bone in, room temperature
40 garlic cloves, peeled
4 sprigs rosemary
4 sprigs thyme
2 cups olive oil
4 anchovy fillets
1 tbsp baby capers
1 lemon, zest and juice
250ml white wine
Salt and pepper 

Crisp roasted potatoes
4 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
6 cloves garlic
3 thyme sprigs
3 rosemary sprigs
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup grapeseed or vegetable oil
Salt and pepper 

1 cup plain Greek yoghurt
1 cucumber, grated
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 garlic clove, grated
2 tbsp dill, chopped
Salt and pepper 

2 large parsley bunches, leaves removed from stems and finely chopped
1 bunch spring onions, sliced
2 tomatoes, diced
½ red onion, finely sliced
½ cup olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper 

Souvlaki assembly
Flat bread 


Slow roasted lamb 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a small pot on a low heat, combine the 20 garlic cloves, 2 sprigs rosemary, 2 sprigs thyme and the olive oil. Bring to a slow simmer and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until the garlic is soft and slightly golden. Remove half of the olive oil and reserve for another use. In the same pot on the same heat, add the anchovies, baby capers and lemon zest. Cook for 5 minutes or until the anchovies have melted into the oil. Drain the oil and set to the side. Place the garlic mixture into a mortar and pestle. Pound into a paste. 
  3.  Using a sharp knife, score the fat of the meat into a criss-cross pattern. Try to not cut through to the meat. Rub the garlic and herb mixture all over, pushing it into the slits. Scatter the rest of the herbs and garlic into the bottom of a Dutch oven or roasting tin that will hold the lamb as snugly as possible. Place the lamb on top of the herbs and garlic. Pour over the reserved olive oil, lemon juice and white wine. Season with a very generous amount of salt and pepper. Cover very well with alfoil or a lid and place into the oven. Immediately turn the heat to 140 degrees Celsius and cook for 4 hours or until the lamb is extremely soft and tender and falling off the bone.  
  4. Once the lamb is cooked leave it to rest for 15 minutes before breaking it apart. Serve with some fresh bread and all of the juices from the pan.   

Crisp roasted potatoes 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. 
  2. Wash the potatoes in cold water then place them in a bowl and cover with cold water until they are full submerged. Leave the potatoes to sit in the water for 10 minutes, giving them a bit of a wash to remove as much starch as possible. Drain into a colander and rinse under cold water.  
  3. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with cold water and add a very generous amount of fine sea salt. Add the rosemary, thyme and garlic cloves that have been slightly smashed. Place the pan on high heat and wait for the water to boil. Once boiling, cook the potatoes for 5-8 minutes or until fork tender.  
  4. Drain the potatoes into a colander and discard the garlic cloves and herbs. Rough up the potatoes by mixing them with a spoon to increase their surface area. Cover the colander with a tea towel and leave the potatoes to steam for 15 minutes.  
  5. While the potatoes are steaming, add the oil to a bake dish and place into the oven for 5 minutes or until piping hot. Remove the tin from the oven and very carefully pour the potatoes into the tin with the hot fats, you will hear a delightful sizzling sound. Stir the potatoes through the hot fats then bake for 45 minutes, tossing them and basting them with the oil every 15 minutes.  
  6. Remove the potatoes from the tin and serve with the lamb. 


  1. Grate the cucumber and place into a tea towel. Give it a big squeeze to remove as much moisture as possible.  
  2. Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. 


  1. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and mix to combine. Season well with salt and pepper. Taste the salad to ensure you have enough seasoning and dressing and adjust to your liking.  
  2. Leave to sit for at least 10 minutes before serving to allow all the flavours to combine.  

Souvlaki assembly  

  1. Drizzle a pan with olive oil and on a medium heat, heat the wrap for 1 – 2 minutes on each side or until slightly golden and toasted.  
  2. Assemble the souvlaki by spreading 3 of the cooked garlic cloves from tin that the lamb was roasted in onto the wrap. Followed by a layer of tzatziki. Top with a generous amount of lamb, followed by tabbouleh then finished with crisp potatoes. Serve immediately.