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Lamb Shanks with Lentils

6 md Lamb shanks, about 8 oz each
2 T Vegetable oil
1/2 c Water
2 t Minced garlic
2 t Salt
1/2 t Dried oregano
Pepper to taste
1 1/2 c Lentils
3 c Water
1 sm Onion, stuffed with 3 whole cloves
1/2 c Chopped celery
1 Bay leaf
6 Thin lemon slices

In a large skillet, brown lamb shanks in oilve oil. Add 1/2 cup water, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, oregano and pepper. Cook, covered, over low heat for one hour, or until tender.

Rinse lentils and drain. In a medium saucepan, combine lentils, 3 cups water, onion, celery, bay leaf and 1-1/2 teaspoons of salt. Simmer, uncovered, 50-60 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.

Pour mixture into greased baking dish. Top with meat, lemon slices. Bake 20-25 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and lentils are tender. Discard onion and bay leaf.

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