The first time I went to Luxembourg with Johny, I had my first experience eating rabbit. When I was told what the menu was, rabbit, I thought to myself, "how can I possibly eat this? I must be a gracious guest, and this is a delicacy here, and oh my, what do I do?". I decided, "what is the worst thing that can happen" and chose to be the gracious guest. I was pleasantly surprised. It was sweet. Tender. DELICIOUS!
Since then, I have not prepared rabbit often. But here in the mountains, we can get fresh rabbit at the Sylva Farmers Market, specifically from Balltown Bee Farm. They carry fresh organically fed rabbit and sell it frozen, ready to cook.
This is a Luxembourg Family Rabbit recipe. I hope you decide to try it, if you never had. You will be very pleased you did. And though it takes some time, it is a simple recipe, and not all consuming to prepare.
You will need:
2 6" sprigs of rosemary
4-5 garlic cloves
1 fresh rabbit, cut in pieces
2 cups of white wine
1 cup of water
1 bullion cube, chicken or vegetable
2 tablespoons of olive oil
4 tablespoons of butter or so
1 tablespoon of flour
Pat dry and then salt and pepper the rabbit. Put the oil, butter, garlic, rosemary and rabbit in a pot (with a lid, I used my ceramic cast iron dutch oven) on top of the stove on medium low heat. Begin to brown the rabbit, slowly.
Turn the rabbit once it browns on one side.
Once the rabbit is browned on both sides, add 1 cup of white wine (sweet wine, sweet gravy; dry wine, dry gravy; you choose, I prefer sweeter with the rabbit).
Remove the rabbit from the pot, and put in a covered dish. Then add a tablespoon of flour and a tablespoon of butter (or so, remember I am a little-bit-of-this-little-bit-of-that kind of cook) into the remaining juices, and whisk. Ta da!...gravy!
I served the rabbit with dandelion salad and polenta. Delicious! Here is the finished dish, and yes, I know, I am not an extravagant plater...
Do you have a favorite rabbit recipe? Please share!
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