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Ingredients:

6 boneless lamb leg steaks *
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter or oil
2 medium onions sliced
1 garlic clove
12 fillo sheets
1/2 cup butter melted
salt to taste
3 medium tomatoes peeled
1 teaspoon Rigani or oregano
125 g Feta cheese cut in 6 slices

Directions:

*Note: Lamb steaks should be about 2 cm (3/4 inch) thick. Serves: 6 Oven temperature: 200 C (400 F) Cooking time: 25-30 minutes Trim steaks of most of the fat and shape neatly - trimmings can be used in a ground lamb dish. Season with pepper. Heat butter or oil in a frying pan and brown steaks quickly on each side - do not cook through. Lift out onto a dish and leave until cool. Add onions to pan and fry gently until transparent, add garlic and remove from heat.

Brush a sheet of fillo pastry with melted butter and place another sheet on top, brushing again with butter. Fold in half to make almost a square of fillo. Put aside and cover with a dry tea towel, then one dampened with warm water. Repeat with remaining fillo to give 6 prepared squares. Take one square and brush top with butter - leave remaining pastry covered. Place a lamb steak in the centre and season lightly with salt. Top with onion-garlic mixture and cover with 2 slices of tomato. Sprinkle with a little rigani, salt and pepper and place a slice of feta cheese on top. Bring up ends of fillo pastry and double-fold over top.

Fold in ends as you would a package then tuck ends underneath. This is known as a the chemist's (druggist's) fold. Place on a buttered baking tray. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Brush tops and sides of packages lightly with melted butter and bake in a preheated hot oven for 15 minutes. Serve immediately if possible, though they will survive in the oven with heat turned off for about 10 minutes. Garnish with parsley sprigs and serve with boiled green beans or zucchini dressed with olive and lemon juice.

Note: Medallions of lamb cut from a trimmed loin can be used instead of the steaks. You will require 12, and place 2 in each package.

Makes 6 servings

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