2015 Holiday Provencal Lamb Feast! Patricia Wells Recipe! “Gigot D’Agneau” To You! Great Cooking Adventure!

provencal lamb recipe

Time To Share An Amazing Holiday Feast!

If you are looking to bite into something different this holiday season – time to go provencal!

This is “Gigot D’Agneau” – and it’s my favorite holiday meal, thanks to the incredible Chef / Author Patricia Wells!

john alex patricia julia's stove

Making “Gigot D’Agneau”, inspired by Cookbook Author and Food Writer Patricia Wells!

Alex and I got the chance to cook with Patricia at her house in Provence – an adventure of a lifetime!

Yes, this is me stealing a bite of food under the watchful eye of Patricia Wells.

me and patricia

It was all part of a cooking adventure with the Author, who hosts cooking classes at her house in Provence, France.

It inspired me to make my family her classic roast lamb shank, which is baked on top of potatoes, onion and tomatoes so that the incredible juices from the lamb soak into the gratin!

provencal lamb recipe

Time For A Provencal Feast!

This is a great family feast that evokes the best of Provence! Thanks to Patricia Wells and all of her incredible cookbooks, you can travel to the south of France yourself!

new Patricia Wells french cookbook

Let make a roasted lamb shank with provencal vegetables! First, preheat your oven to 400.

Rub the bottom of your roasting pan with a split piece of garlic. I also lay down a dozen slivers of butter to help the potatoes carmelize…then slice your potatoes and lay them down as the base of your dish…

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On top of the potato I spread sliced onion…instead of chopped, I like them spread out as rings, and then I add chopped garlic. The amount is up to you…but a head of garlic and one large onion worked for me…

best potato recipes

Next, slice tomatoes over the top of the onion – I used three tomatoes total, and I cut them in a larger chunk as they will melt down a bit during cooking – and then I season the dish with a healthy amount of salt, pepper and fresh thyme…

provencal potato recipes

I used a leg of lamb that was just under six pounds. I got mine bone-in, which I think helps the flavor of the meat…Put the lamb shank on an oven rack, which you put directly over the vegetables…season the lamb with salt, pepper and fresh rosemary…

gigot d'agneau recipe

I roasted the lamb for about an hour and fifteen minutes…the thicker part was medium rare and the smaller side of the shank was medium, so it worked well for everyone!

provencal lamb recipe

provencal lamb recipe

I removed the lamb to a cutting board and let it rest for fifteen minutes – then sliced it up for everyone to enjoy…

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And here is what that beautiful potato-onion-tomato looked like underneath….

baked provencal gratin recipe

To honor Patricia Wells and her home in provence, we served the lamb with several provencal-inspired dishes:

First was a ratatouille, which I made in the style of Chef Thomas Keller…

Thomas Keller Ratatouille

I began by making a roasted red bell pepper sauce, which I spread on the bottom of a gratin dish….

Thomas Keller ratatouille recipe

Then I cut yellow squash, green zucchini and eggplant with a mandolin and stacked them on top like this:

rataouille instructions

I actually enjoy laying this dish out, with the vegetables like casino chips! And when it came out of the oven, it looked like this:

Thomas Keller Ratatouille

You can get the entire recipe for Thomas Keller’s Ratatouille dish by clicking here:


https://johnrieber.com/2013/06/29/ratatouille-chef-thomas-kellers-recipe-for-animated-food-magic/

Now Comes The Cauliflower Gratin!

Instead of potatoes, we go a healthier route by substituting Cauliflower! Just boil cauliflower and then bake it with a mixture of gruyere cheese and half and half…

baked cauliflower recipe

One last delicious touch before baking: before I put the cauliflower gratin in the oven, I grate fresh nutmeg over it…liberally….

grated nutmeg instructions

And here is how it looked coming out of the oven 45 minutes later….

baked cauliflower gratin

Finally, I made a dish of provencal carrots and garlic with basil….you sear the carrots in a pan with butter for ten minutes, then add sliced garlic and cook slowly – and fold fresh basil in….guests can top the dish if they want with slivered black olives at the table…

provencal carrot recipe

Time To Dig In!

Once plated, the different colors gave the meal a festive Easter feel…

provencal lamb dish

We served a 2004 Grenache that was signed by the winemaker…we got this bottle when we toured the Chateauneuf-du-Pape wine region:

best provencal wine

So now, a bit more about the inspiration for this dish, and how we got the signed bottle of wine:

Cooking With Patricia Wells!

Patricia Wells cooking classes

Patricia and her husband Walter Wells own a home in Provence, right outside the small village of Vaison la Romaine…

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The couple open up their house several weeks a year for cooking classes – one that my wife Alex and I were able to attend in 2009. We spent 5 days with Patricia, Walter and ten other participants, a terrific group of people who shared our passion for food and adventure.

me and patricia

Touring France and Provence

Patricia Wells cooking classes

Here we are with Patricia, posing in front of the Julia Child’s provencal stove – a personal gift to Patricia from Julia:

john alex patricia julia's stove

This was a cooking adventure of a lifetime, and it inspired me to cook with a provencal feel, like Gigot D’Agneau! Here is a look at our cooking adventure:

https://johnrieber.com/2013/10/20/new-patricia-wells-cookbook-her-amazing-cooking-classes/

And since we were in Provence, we took time to explore the wine region as well!

Touring Franceand Provence

Here is a look at our trip through the provencal wine region:


https://johnrieber.com/2012/09/03/wine-roman-ruins-and-gigondas-too-whiskey-babys-and-a-few-papes-touring-provence-thanks-to-patricia-wells/

Time for a great meal and glass of wine!

provencal lamb recipe



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4 replies

  1. Fantastic exprerience and recipe John.. I roast my meats on the rack above dishes of vegetables, beans etc and it does give them a whole different flavour rather than being cooked directly under a joint. Thanks very much for sending the link.. Sally

    • Thanks for sharing it – agree that veggies, onions and while garlic under the meat means a delicious side dish right there! I also think this, like Turkey, tend to only be prepared for holiday, and that’s a shame!

  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Here is a mouth watering feast for you from John Rieber. He and his wife attended a residential cookery class at the Provence home of Patricia Wells and shares with us her recipe for Provencal Lamb with delicious accompaniments. Seriously delicious.. #recommended

  3. Reblogged this on johnrieber and commented:

    Here’s a provencal way to celebrate this holiday season – Gigot D’Agneau!

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