Shoulder of Lamb on Bed of Potatoes; thinking

I faced a conundrum when I made this dish.

The recipe is from a French cook book I’ve had for years. It calls for a leg or shoulder of lamb.

I’ve made it in the distant past using a leg of lamb. The Roast Lamb on a Bed of Potatoes was done in the usual way for a leg leaving the meat still pink and juicy when sliced. The recipe is for 6 (must have been a family dinner).

I had a shoulder and we were only 2.

Counting the lamb we bought in 2019 and 2020 this would be the 4th shoulder that I’ve made. The other 3 were slow roasted for anywhere from 5 to 7 hours.

I googled. Everything that I could find said that while legs should be roasted quickly to a medium / pink finish, shoulders needed long, slow, roasting to be tender.

But….. I found it extremely difficult to go against the instructions in a French cook book.

As I so often do, I compromised: I roasted the lamb in a slow – medium oven for 4 hours and cooked the potatoes and onions for the last hour in the juices.

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Shoulder of Lamb on Bed of Potatoes

This is not a pretty roast to present to the table. Carve the shoulder and place it on the potatoes for serving. 

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Lamb


  • 1 shoulder of lamb, 3.5 – 4lbs, (1.75 – 2kg)
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 (10oz, 300gr total) medium potatoes, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 cup beef broth


  • Mix the herbs, 1 clove garlic, paprika, mustard and oil.
  • Spread mixture over the lamb.
  • Poke the lamb all over with the tip of a sharp knife.
  • Put lamb in a roasting pan.
  • Add beef broth to pan, cover with foil, tenting a bit to keep off of lamb if needed.
  • Roast for 3 hours at 325F (160C).
  • Uncover, add sliced potatoes and onions around lamb, in the juices.
  • Return to oven, uncovered, and roast for another hour.
  • Remove lamb from potatoes and cover loosely. 
  • Let rest for 10 minutes before carving.
  • Remove potatoes, onions to serving platter. You can put potatoes into the oven
  • r (turned off) to keep warm if your platter is oven-safe.
  • Slice lamb and arrange on potatoes to serve.


The shoulder will serve 4 – 6 but the recipe is for 2. Add more potatoes for more people. We used the leftover lamb in risotto and a skillet hash.
For the nutrition info I assumed 1/3 of the lamb.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 773
  • Sugar: 4.5 g
  • Sodium: 903.5 mg
  • Fat: 37.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 32.5 g
  • Fiber: 5.6 g
  • Protein: 71.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 224.5 mg

Keywords: shoulder of lamb, potatoes

Shoulder of Lamb on Potatoes

It wasn’t pretty but it was da*m good. The lamb was tender and moist; the potatoes creamy and the onions sweet.

The leftover lamb went into sandwiches and, of course, risotto.

Poor old Guapa only had a wee taste. Human food doesn’t seem to agree with her these days.

In other news…. Let’s see:

6 out of 60 Seuss books no longer being printed and people are in an uproar.

Rumor has it that Mr. Potato Head will now be known as Potato Head and people are claiming the world is ending with the demise of a title on a toy.

Disney has been accused of ‘picking on’ Mickey Mouse and people are enraged.

One would think that the uproar, hand-wringing, and distress would be more about actual humans who are sick, dying and / or in desperate straits

But, then….. one would have to think.

One could argue that the pandemic has stretched normal thinking beyond the ability of many.

Or one could just get off Facebook….

7 thoughts on “Shoulder of Lamb on Bed of Potatoes; thinking”

    • Me too. She’s one of those dogs that is constantly hungry and looking for food. I feel so guilty when I have to monitor it and not give her treats. She is very old for her breed.

      • It gets more difficult for everyone as they age. Our dobe is around 11 now, we think. He was a rescue though most of our dobes have been. His tummy is still okay, but his color is blue and they have terrible skin issues. He has no hair and now, he’s getting lipomas all over. He doesn’t seem to mind until he lays down hard and hits one on the floor. Then he yelps. Poor guy…

        • Guapa will be 10 next week. I took her to the vet and he just said (kindly) she’s old. He checked her over and said it’s just her age showing. He gave me some pills to try to see if it helped but they made her terrible thirsty so I stopped them. She seemed to improve on her own after that. Good days and bad…

  1. Hi Katie,
    Many years ago I used to read your blog about the hose renovations- do you still blog about the progress and your interesting life in France?
    Stay safe,

    • Hi Suzie, The house has been finished (mostly) for a couple of years. I was writing about our adventures here and, hopefully, can again in a few months. Like most people, our lives have been pretty boring the last year 😉
      We get excited when we see flocks of cranes fly over…. such is life in a pandemic.
      Nice to hear from you – and stay safe yourself.

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