Serve this elegant braise on a bed of mashed potatoes to soak up its delicious juices. Paired with a spinach and heirloom tomato salad, this 30-minute meal is worthy of company. (Serves 4)

Mustard and Tarragon Braised Lamb

Credit: Lee Harrelson

Spinach salad with heirloom tomatoes and basil vinaigrette Combine 4 cups baby spinach and 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms in a large bowl. Cut 2 large heirloom tomatoes into 8 wedges each, and add to spinach mixture. Combine 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 2 teaspoons thinly sliced fresh basil, 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, stirring well with a whisk. Drizzle vinaigrette over spinach mixture, tossing to coat.

Mashed potatoes 


Total time: 30 minutes

1. Trim and cube lamb.

2. Trim carrots.

3. While lamb mixture simmers:
• Prepare salad.
• Heat mashed potatoes.