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Wabbit (or...Rabbit, if you prefer)

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
Any knock your socks off recipes for folks who would usually vomit over the fact that they just ate bugs bunny?

Everytime I make a trip to the (good Asian) market....they call me saying "coooooook me" right next to the pork belly.

Here is the thing, NRatcheds only experience with rabbit has been in a kind of terrine....solid meat wrapped around ground meat in the center. and she hated te texture of the ground meat...

help me out.....can get em' whole for cheap and would prefer not to waste them too....keep in mind the asian market, while having a variety of things, aren't the BEST organic quality, etc.
post #2 of 18
i'm not sure about times and temps. but, the chefs at work take the hind legs and sous vide in duck fat. for service they are seared lightly brushed w/ molasses, toasted pecans, and a rabbit jus. very good, i'll see if i can get the temps and cooking times.
post #3 of 18
Many years ago before I left home my stepmother would on occasion cook a rabbit. As I recall she did a stovetop braise in a paprika cream sauce, I think onions were involved. Maybe I'll do a web search see if I come across anything that seems familiar.

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post #4 of 18

Rabbit - Hasenpfeffer recipe

How I wish I had access to inexpensive rabbits! While growing up my Father often brought home game meat, including rabbits. My Mother would often make Hasenpfeffer, which is a sort of German stew. I don't have my Mom's exact recipe because she cooked from memory, but the following is a pretty good example though.

Hasenpfeffer - Serves:8

1 large or 2 small rabbits, cleaned, skinned, and cut into pieces

1/2 c. red-wine vinegar
1 1/2 c. water
1 c. dry red wine
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 t. salt
1 t. dry mustard
1 t. ground pepper
1 T. pickling spices
4 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
flour, seasoned with salt and pepper
4 T. clarified butter
sugar (start with 1 T.)
3 T. flour
1/2 c. sour cream or crème fraiche
1/2 c. heavy cream


1. Mix the marinade, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for an hour. Cool to room temperature. Marinate the rabbit for 24-48 hours.
2. Remove the rabbit pieces and dry them. Dredge them in the seasoned flour and brown in the butter on all sides. Strain the marinade and add it to the rabbit, cover tightly, and simmer for an hour. Remove the rabbit and place on a serving platter.
3. Add 1 T. sugar to the broth and taste. Add additional sugar if necessary to get the balance of sweet and sour you prefer. Blend the 3 T. flour with the cream and sour cream and add it, stirring constantly, cooking for a couple of minutes to thicken and remove the flour taste. Add salt and pepper to taste, pour over the rabbit, and serve.
post #5 of 18
Stay tuned, I will find out today my mother's famous rabbit stew recipe, and will post also Jamie Oliver's fantastic fried rabbit recipe too, must go to work now.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."


"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

post #6 of 18
Sorry I couldn't reach my mom on the phone today, her stew is one of my favorites. It involves a lot of onions, red wine, and vinegar. I'll post another time.

Essex Fried Rabbit - Jamie at Home

-olive oil
-rabbit, seperated into pieces
-1 bulb of garlic cut in half horizontally
-4 springs fresh rosemary
-3/4 cups white wine
-3/4 stock (chicken or vegetable)
-a few slices stale white bread, crusts removed
-2 big handfuls grated parmesan
-flour for dusting
-3 large eggs beaten
-sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves picked
-vegetable oil

1. Heat a saucepan that will fit the rabbit pieces snugly in 1 layer.
2. add a glug of oil, the rabbit, s/p, the garlic, 2 sprigs rosemary, and the wine and stock.
3. Put an lid on it and simmer gently for 45min to an hour without coloring the rabbit too much.. Meat should come off the bone easily. Allow to cool down before proceeding.
4. Whiz the bread and cheese in a FP and prep your dredging bowls. One with sifted, seasoned flour, the second with the beaten egg, the third with the bread crumbs.
5. Toss with flour, shake off excess. Dip into egg, drip off excess then into the bread crumbs. Now place in the fridge until you're ready to fry.
5. Heat the veg oil to 350. Fry the pieces in small batchs for 2-3 minutes until golden and crisp. Drop in the rosemary twigs too for 20 seconds or so. Deep fry the garlic as well.
6. Drain on paper towel. Dust with sea salt. Squeeze the garlic out into a bowl. Serve with the rabbit with the crispy rosemary leaves and lemon.

"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."


"You are what you eat, so don't be fast, cheap, easy, or fake."

post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks was just at the market eyeing one up...5-8$ isn't too bad for a whole rabbit.

Going to give it something a try this week.
post #8 of 18
Knowing how much you love the "self education" aspect of cooking I'd recommend picking up a couple of rabbits. Take a couple of hours out of a day off and experiment with breaking them down. Whole rabbit is a great butchery microcosm, you get all the classic cuts in that tiny little package. Its a great way to learn the "ins and outs" if you will. I can picture you serving up double cut rabbit chops as canapes in no time.

Almost any meat eater will like braised rabbit legs. If you have any love for organ meats please treat yourself to the kidneys and liver. The absolute best. Save the fat around the kidneys, believe it or not, and grind it into sausage or burgers. So good.

Have fun,

post #9 of 18
We used to be able to get them cheaply here - half your luck! Darn government organisation let out (accidentaly (?)) an experimental virus to poison them (ok they were in plague proportions here) and you can't eat local ones as far as I know. They must be imported.

I used to do mine just like a coq au vin - just substitue the bird for the rabbit. Tastes much the same except a bit beefier/gamier, but all the flavours suit. Look into butchering a rabbit, as Allan says. Make sure to use the saddle, lots of bone for flavour, and very tasty meat.

With the fillets you can use them like an Oriental stir fry for fish or beef -very short cooking time in the wok, with vegies and sauces you like. Would use chicken stock myself for the gravy rather than beef otherwise it masks the taste of Bunny.

 Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Robert A. Heinlein

 Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Robert A. Heinlein

post #10 of 18
In addition to numerous recipes designed specifically around rabbit, you can use any chicken recipes, subbing the bunny. For instance, to make a rabbit paprikas, you would start with a disjointed rabbit.

In a large skillet saute a bunch of onions in equal parts oil and paprika (3-5 tbls each). Sear the rabbit pieces. Add half a cup red wine. Simmer, covered, until rabbit is tender. Add enough sour cream to make a nice sauce, gently reheat (do not let boil). Sprinkle with chopped dill. Serve over broad noodles.

For napkin rings get some nametag bracelets inscribed "Floopsy" "Mopsy" "Peter" and "Cottontail." Omigosh! I didn't really say that, did I? :talk:
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
They have taken the oath of the brother in blood, in leavened bread and salt. Rudyard Kipling
post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
since Santa brought a 6qt pressure cooker......id LOVE for my first goround to be with a rabbit.

P.S. I had the crispy rabbit dish as one of my courses at Jean-Georges the other day...my god. If you don't enjoy rabbit after eating that, you never will.
post #12 of 18
Only time I ever had rabbit, it was made by my French bro-in-law.

It was pan-fried and then he added cream and prepared mustard and I don't know what else--it was really good.

Maybe my sis (Anondi on this site) can tell more about how he made it. But she has been slacking badly on this site.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
I kinda...how do I put this....have to tread a little lightly on certain "culinary adventures"....for some reason, as much as my fiance loves to eat things like Duck Confit, home made stocks, etc. etc....things like picking up 3 rabbits and butchering them, and trying out about 10 different things, .....usually only goes over well AFTER everything is cleaned up haha. "Hey, Lets go to the store and pick up 3 rabbits, I want to have a culinary adventure" usually....goes over about as well as a fart in church.

haha. This weekend for sure I'll be whipping up something with a pressure cooker and a rabbit, I promise. Soon as I figure out this dang pressure cooker.
post #14 of 18
I understand completely. I have the luxury of being able to chalk culinary IED's to research and design. Then again, my wife's key pick-up line to me was something to the effect of "I hear you like to cook. Well, I like to eat." so I figure all bets are off. I'll be posting a link to to a video of the two of us (well, her, with me as a special guest star) in the Off-Topic Forum soon. Enjoy the pressure cooker, I got my first one back in August and its changed how I cook (at home) completely.

post #15 of 18
A long time ago I had rabbit cooked over an open fire on a stick. During the cooking I basted the rabbit with melted butter to which I had added a little lemon juice, salt and pepper.
post #16 of 18
We used to raise rabbits, and Mom's favorite way to prepare it was braised with beer and onions.
Simple yet good.
She once made a rabbit casserole topped with biscuits, but she used too much pepper.
It was still good, but not great, and that's probably why she never made it again.
But beer and onions, yum.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
post #17 of 18
I make them like I do Southern Country Chicken. In a huge cast iron pan and serve it with a cream style gravy and in a ring mashed spicey carrots. The farmed ones you buy in market tast like chicken. The fresh killed wild ones have a different tast and slightly darker color, but they are both good.
post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 
anyone have the crispy rabbit at Jean-Georges by any chance? I'd love to recreate that dish,

it seems like a clyninder, almost like a tenderloin of saddle...spicy-panko crusted, then sliced into little medallions.
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