One of the classic dishes from Provence, and so easy to prepare. Doubly pleasing because it uses basic root vegetables and a comparatively cheap cut of meat.

This lamb dish can be served with any root vegetable, and/or a good helping of mashed potatoes.

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·         1 shoulder of lamb

·         3 tbsp good quality olive oil

·         Salt and pepper to taste

·         Piment d’Esplette to taste

·         200 g vegetable mix (e.g. carrots, onion, garlic, celery, turnip, parsnip), cut into large chunks


1. Trim the shoulder of lamb of excess white fat, but not all of it.

2. Make a bed of the vegetables in a roasting pan.

3. Put the lamb skin side down in the roasting dish, and season well with salt and pepper, and the piment d’esplette.

4. Add the olive oil.

5. Cook in the over at 200°C (400°F) for about 30 minutes.

6. Turn the shoulder over, and season the other side as before.

7. Reduce the oven temperature of 180°C (350°F) and cook again for 15 minutes.

8. Allow the meat to rest for a good 15 minutes before serving.

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