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#1 Thu 03 Jul 08 7:08pm

adajeannie

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From South Africa
Member since Tue 27 May 08

How would you cook a rabbit?

Saw rabbit at a deli here by us the other day and was wondering what would be the best way to cook it?  What does it taste like?  Obviously this is not something we really eat in SA......

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#2 Thu 03 Jul 08 7:58pm

MsPablo

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Re: How would you cook a rabbit?

I don't have a recipe, but I recommend rabbit cooked 'Provencal' style, had it once and it was delicious and I had it Brazilian style, again no recipe, but very nice.

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#3 Thu 03 Jul 08 7:58pm

Tanya

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Re: How would you cook a rabbit?

Hi adajeannie -

I've never eaten rabbit, but I'm led to believe it tastes like chicken.

Check Jamie's on site recipe for Grilled and Marinated Rabbit.

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/meat … oniglio-ma

Another of JO's recipes....Game Ragu with Pappardelle...

http://www.channel4.com/food/recipes/ch … 3_p_1.html

You might care to check out some recipes on Delia's website.

http://www.deliaonline.com/search/?qx=rabbit

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#4 Thu 03 Jul 08 8:11pm

markgilchrist

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Re: How would you cook a rabbit?

cooking wild rabbit is complex ( i cook around 7000 a year) first place it in salt water overnight, the poach for 2 hours until the meat comes of  the bone then marinate it in olive oil. then start cooking with it if you want to see how to prepair  a rabbit then type in "mark gilchrist" to youtube there is a video showing you how to skin and cook it. farmed rabbits are much more forgiving than wild, but wild is a third of the price.
mark gilchrist
game for everything

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#5 Thu 03 Jul 08 8:13pm

markgilchrist

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Re: How would you cook a rabbit?

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#6 Thu 03 Jul 08 8:35pm

SusanneH

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Re: How would you cook a rabbit?

It does not taste exactly like chicken. Most rabbits we get here are bred not wild. The meat is mild like chicken or pork, but not as fiber-y and tough like pork and somehow not exactly like chicken either. Not as dry as chicken breasts.

This one is lovely. You can serve it as tapas or as a main course with sides. I once served it as the main in a 5 course dinner with just baguette. I'd say that a rabbit serves about 3 people. When I made it, I used 2. Just double the recipe then.

Rabbit in Sherrysauce

rabbit (in parts)

Marinade:
coarsly crushed black pepper
coarse salt
1 sprig each: rosemary and thyme
3 bayleaves
5 cloves garlic (chopped)
100 ml Oliveoil

60 ml dry sherry
rabbit liver (from your rabbit)

Sauce:

2 cloves garlic
1/4 l vegetable stock
1 tsp paprika powder
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cummin
salt, pepper

Method:
Sprinkle rabbit parts with s + p, herbs and garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and mix up. Marinate 4 hours in fridge.
Marinate the liver in the sherry separately (also in fridge).

Shortly fry the rabbit in the oil it was marinated in until golden from all sides. Add herbs for a few seconds to get fragrant but not burn.
Take everything out of the pan except for the oil. Add all sauce ingredients and bring to a boil. Add meat back in and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
Remove meat and keep warm.
Bring sauce back to a boil then turn down the heat.
Puree the liver in the sherry and put the resulting liquid in the sauce, but DO NOT BOIL after this point.

Season to taste.

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#7 Thu 03 Jul 08 8:58pm

EssexOne

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Member since Thu 03 Jul 08

Re: How would you cook a rabbit?

Great video mark... clap

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#8 Thu 03 Jul 08 9:02pm

markgilchrist

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Re: How would you cook a rabbit?

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=grjmuwo0ISk
have a look at this one, most of the rabbits eaten in the uk are wild, susan h is wrong

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#9 Thu 03 Jul 08 9:34pm

MsPablo

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Re: How would you cook a rabbit?

SusanneH is from Germany.  We had 'Gilchrist' ancestors, don't know which ones.

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#10 Fri 04 Jul 08 1:09am

Anna

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Member since Fri 15 Apr 05

Re: How would you cook a rabbit?

I agree with Susanne, most of the rabbit we got in Switzerland was bred.  The neighbours used to keep them like chickens, shutting them up in a hutch at night.  One morning when I was about five I found the head of a baby one just outside the garden doors, missing its eyes.  That put me off for a fair few years...

The Two Fat Ladies have some great rabbit recipes.  The Elizabethan Rabbit is particularly good.  Will post it if a Google search proves fruitless.

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