How to Cook Rabbit 5 Ways

0 Posted by - April 20, 2011 - Appetizer Recipes, Easy Recipe, Easy Recipes, Simple Recipes



Rabbit meat is very famous in many European communities. A younger animal is more tender, but the mature have a lot of flavor. The taste of rabbit can be compared to chicken, but it is more dense and dry. You may try substituting rabbit in some of your chicken dishes for a pleasant change of taste.


To remove any “gamey” or otherwise just to tenderize, soak the rabbit pieces in buttermilk. Some cooks prefer a marinade of wine and vinegar mix, but this creates a spicier and sharply flavored dish.
To your enjoyment -
European (Hasenpfeffer)Rabbit:
1 cup vinegar, 1 onion, sliced, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. mixed pickling spices, 1 1-2 lb. rabbit, cut-up, 2 tbs. flour, 2 tbs. shortening
Mix 3 cups water, vinegar, onion, sugar and pickling spices, 2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Add meat.
Refrigerate for 2 days. Remove meat from marinade, reserving 1 cup. Dry the meat with paper toweling.
Coat rabbit with flour. Brown in hot shortening, slowly add the marinade. Cover and simmer for 45-60 mins. or until tender (add additional water, if necessary, during cooking time). Remove the meat; thicken the liquid for gravy with a roux, if desired.
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Fried Rabbit:
Coat 1 1-2 lb. rabbit, cut up, with a mixture of 1/4 cup flour, 3/4 tsp. salt, and a sprinkling of pepper.
In a pan, brown meat slowly in 2 tbs. hot shortening. When golden brown, reduce heat, add 3 tbs. water. Cover and simmer for 30 mins. or until fork tender. Add additional water during cooking time if needed.
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For an elegant, highly seasoned dish, try:
Rabbit Casserole:
1 large rabbit, brandy, 1/2 to 3/4 lb. Canadian bacon, salt, black pepper, 2 whole cloves garlic, finely chopped, 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley, 1 cup rye bread breadcrumbs, 1 cup dry red wine, 1 cup madeira wine, flour and water mix -
Cut rabbit into pieces and remove the bones. Sprinkle meat with brandy. Let stand at room temperature for 30 mins.
In a casserole, line bottom with Canadian bacon, and add the following in order:
rabbit meat, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, bread crumbs and another layer of bacon. Continue until all ingredients are used up. The top layer should be bacon. Pour red wine and madeira over ingredients. Make a flour and water dough and press around the edges of the casserole, in a very thin edging. Cover the casserole tightly. Bake (350) for 2 hours.
If desired, paprika and thyme may be added for additional spice.
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This is a family favorite – delicate but with a lot of taste:
Rabbit in Cream:
(Serve with applesauce and fried potatoes)
1 large rabbit, cut into serving pieces, 6 tbs. flour, salt, black pepper, 2 tbs. butter, 2 tbs. oil, 1-1/2 cups light cream
Wash rabbit pieces and pat dry with paper toweling. Dust with 4 tbs. flour and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat the butter and oil in pan, brown the pieces on each side, cover and cook for 30 mins. or until the juices run clear.
Place the meat on a heated platter. Add the remaining 2 tbs. flour to the pan drippings, stir and scrape the bits from the bottom. Slowly stir in the cream and cook, stirring, over medium heat until the sauce is thickened, at least 7 mins.
Spoon sauce over the meat before serving.
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Happy Rabbit:
1 large rabbit, cut up, 2 tbs. cooking oil, 4 white potatoes, peeled and quartered, 4 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2″ pieces, 1 onion, sliced and separated into rings, 1 12-oz. can beer or 1-1/2 cups apple juice may be substituted, 1/4 cup chili sauce, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 cup cold water, 2 tbs. flour
Wash and pat meat dry with paper toweling. Sprinkle salt and pepper over meat.
In a pan, brown rabbit on all sides in hot cooking oil. Drain the fat.
Add the potatoes, carrots, and onion to pan. Combine beer, chili sauce, and salt. Pour over ingredients in pan. Bring to boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 45 mins. or until fork tender. Place rabbit on warm platter and surround with vegetables.
For sauce, skim fat from pan juices. Add water to equal 1-1/2 cups liquid. Return pan juices to skillet used to fry rabbit. Combine water and flour and stir into pan juices until completely dissolved. Cook over low heat until thick and bubbly. Spoon a little over meat on platter and pass gravy around.
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Hope these ideas give you some tasty mealtime ideas.
ENJOY!

Contributor: ©Arleen M. Kaptur
(Excerpts from Arleen’s Book – Wild Game Cooking)
Find more at http://www.Arleens-RusticLiving.com

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    Poor little bunny rabbit!!
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  • http://www.knowledgefrommyparents.com BILL

    We used to make rabbit traps,when I lived home,and my mom made rabbit stew,with them.Sometimes she made sweet sour,rabbit stew.We also raised rabbits,for food.One month we had three,and by the next month,we had thirty three.They multiply fast.

  • Justin

    How do I prepare bear steaks