My Annual Gigot D’Agneau Feast! Roasted Lamb Shank! Iconic Potato Cake! My Christmas 2018 Menu!

Time To Share An Amazing Holiday Feast!

If you are looking to bite into something different this Christmas – time to go Provencal!

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

Patricia Wells cooking classes

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.

John Rieber 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!

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Time For A Provencal Holiday 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!

patricia-wells-cooking-school


First Up: “Gigot D’Agneau”

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…

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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Patricia also told us about the best potato cake in Paris, which I have since made at home:

This is a much easier recipe than the end result may look – it’s all about mastering the “flip” of the hot pan to reveal the cartelized potatoes in the bottom:

Here is the recipe for the legendary potato cake from Chez L’Ami Louis in Paris:

https://johnrieber.com/2018/04/19/cooking-an-iconic-paris-potato-cake-yes-i-tackled-the-chez-lami-louis-gateau-de-pommes-de-terre-recipe/

The first time we made this 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:

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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.

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/

Happy holidays – let me know if you make any of these!



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5 replies

  1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You had me at potato cake.

  2. I’m sold, John! Set an extra place, and a blanket for Ollie. But can I have the ‘well-done’ slices from the ends please? I am not a huge fan of rare lamb. 🙂 That Grenache looks good too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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