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Lamb Shanks and Lentils

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Category: Meat

 Ingredients List

  • Stephen Ceideburg
  • 9 Lamb shanks
  • 2 lg Leeks, chopped
  • 3 Cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Rashers bacon, chopped
  • 500 g Brown lentils
  • 1 Sliced carrot
  • 1 Stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 tb Chopped fresh oregano
  • Red wine *
  • Salt and pepper to taste


* Red wine and water to cover.

Lamb shanks, which cost next to nothing, develop a succulent gelatinous
quality when cooked slowly, and saturate the lentils with flavour.

In a little olive oil, brown nine lamb shanks (get the butcher to saw them
into pieces) on all sides. Transfer to a large pan. In the same oil, fry 2
large leeks, 3 cloves garlic, chopped together with 2 rashers of bacon,
chopped, until the leeks are soft.

Add the onion and bacon mixture to the saucepan, then add 500 g brown
lentils, a sliced carrot, a stick of celery, sliced, a tablespoonful of
chopped fresh oregano (or use dried) and cover with a mixture of red wine
and water. Do not season at this stage.

Cook very slowly for about 2 hours or until the lamb shanks are very
tender. Check from time to time to make sure the pot does not boil dry and
add more liquid if necessary.

Towards the end of the cooking time, taste and season. Transfer to a
serving dish and scatter liberally with chopped parsley.

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