Does anyone have any good receipes for rabbit? I have a freezer full of them but have never cooked (or eaten, for that matter)rabbit before, so any ideas would be much appreciated.
When I lived at home with m dad, he'd just fry 'em. Rabbit is super good too! Best part is the kidneys. I wish I could eat it more often but it's about $8/lb at the local meat market and I don't ever get a chance to hunt 'em.
Thanks Maba - will definitely be trying that one.
Roger - the cost (and difficulty in finding anywhere that sells them) has always stopped me trying rabbit in the past, but we managed to get 10 for £10 from a neighbour who shoots. Couldn't say no for that price!
I had this recently and it was great - minus the potatoes if you wish.
Courtesy of the Labrador Métis Nation, Learning for Life — Preventing Diabetes Project
Ingredients: 1 rabbit; 1 small turnip; Oil for frying; 1 onion, chopped; 4 medium potatoes; 4 carrots; Water for simmering
Cut rabbit into serving-sized pieces, placing in pot with a small amount
Add onion, frying until brown.
Add water, carrots, and turnip, simmering for 30 minutes.
Add potatoes and cook for another 20 minutes.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Here is a more involved one from the same cookbook.
Courtesy of Thomas A. Logan, Ontario
Ingredients: 1/4 cup olive oil; 1 medium onion, chopped; 1 can (16 oz.) stewed tomatoes; 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms; 2 tbsp. fresh, snipped parsley; 1 tsp. dried rosemary leaves; 1 wild rabbit, cut up; 2 shallots, finely chopped;
1/2 cup red wine; 1 med. Carrots, sliced; 1 tsp. dried oregano leaves; 1/2 tsp.; salt; 1/4 tsp. pepper.
In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat.
Add rabbit pieces,browningon all sides.
Remove rabbit pieces with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add onion and shallots to oil, cooking and stirring over medium heat until tender.
Add browned rabbit pieces and remaining ingredients. Mix well. Cover.
Cook over medium heat until rabbit is tender for 50 minutes to 1 hour, turning rabbit pieces occasionally.
I love that the cookbook has a wild game nutrition chart.
Rabbit with walnuts, yum
Don't do the linguine bit, but substitute with courgette 'fake' spaghetti or swede (neep) mash.
Here's a demo of making courgette (zuchini) pasta...
My best tip, slightly warm the fake spaghetti in some olive oil and garlic, just 1 min will do the trick.
Key thing is to add fat - bacon or belly pork is classic
I tend to fry up onions and bacon/pancetta (+ mushrooms perhaps), put to one side, brown the rabbit pieces (usually legs and saddle), chuck all into slow cooker with some stock and some thyme / sage. Leave on all day and enjoy for dinner. Yum!
Thanks for the suggestions - they sound lovely.
Be sure to cook wild rabbit thoroughly. Some kind of parasite lurking, frequently.
But good, oh, yes.