My husband and I do a lot of hunting, and we eat more wild game than domestic meat. I like to create my own rabbit recipes and this one makes such tender meat with a tangy, light sauce. I like to serve it with baked potatoes and steamed broccoli. -Dawn Bryant, North Platte, Nebraska
Provided by Taste of Home
Yield 4 servings.
Number Of Ingredients 11
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook rabbit in oil until lightly browned; remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute onion until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the broth, thyme, pepper and bay leaf. , Return rabbit to pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until meat is tender and a thermometer reads 160°., Remove rabbit to a serving platter. Discard bay leaf. Combine the flour, lemon juice and water until smooth; stir into pan juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with rabbit.
Nutrition Facts :
BRAISED RABBIT LEGS
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pat the rabbit legs dry, and season with salt and pepper. Place a large Dutch oven over high heat, and heat oil until shimmering. Sear the rabbit legs until browned on both sides. Transfer to a plate.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the shallots to the pan, and sauté until tender but not browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cornichons, brine and vinegar, raise heat and bring to a simmer. Return the rabbit legs to the pan with any accumulated juices. Add enough chicken stock to come to within about 1/2 inch of covering the legs. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.
- Cover the pan and bake until the rabbit meat is tender and the leg joint bends easily, about 45 minutes.
- Transfer legs to a plate and keep warm. Skim cornichons and shallots from the sauce and set aside. Return pan to medium-high heat, and boil until sauce is reduced by about half. Whisk in butter a piece at a time, and adjust salt and pepper to taste. Return rabbit, cornichons and shallots to the pan until just reheated. Stir in parsley. To serve, place 2 legs on each plate, and top with some shallots, cornichons and sauce.
ITALIAN-STYLE BRAISED RABBIT WITH ROSEMARY AND MUSHROOMS
- Cut the rabbit into 9 pieces (or ask your butcher to) as follows: with a sharp cleaver, cut the saddle (center portion) into 3 pieces, leaving the kidneys attached. Cut the front portion (front legs) in half through the backbone. Chop each hind leg into 2 pieces. Reserve the liver and heart to sauté as a snack.
- Heat .25 inch of olive oil in a Dutch oven or deep, wide heavy skillet over medium heat. Season the rabbit pieces with salt and pepper, then dust lightly with flour. Lightly brown the rabbit for about 3 minutes on both sides, working in batches. Drain on kitchen towels, then transfer to a baking dish in one layer. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Pour off the used oil, wipe out the pan and add 2 tablespoons fresh oil. Heat to medium-high, add the onions and cook till soft, about 5 minutes. Add the leek, garlic, rosemary and mushrooms. Season generously with salt and pepper, and add red pepper flakes to taste. Cook for 2 minutes more, stirring.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and wine, and let the mixture reduce for 1 minute. Add the broth, bring to a simmer, taste and adjust seasonings.
- Ladle the mixture evenly over the rabbit. Cover the dish, and bake for 1 hour. Let rest 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts : @context http, Calories 629, UnsaturatedFat 16 grams, Carbohydrate 22 grams, Fat 27 grams, Fiber 5 grams, Protein 68 grams, SaturatedFat 7 grams, Sodium 1532 milligrams, Sugar 9 grams, TransFat 0 grams
BRAISED RABBIT LEGS, DIJON MUSTARD AND PANCETTA
- 1. Lightly season the rabbit legs with salt. 2. Heat a large pot with a little oil and fry the legs until golden brown. 3. Set the legs aside and pour off the excess oil. 4. Cut the bacon / Pancetta into lardons 5mm thick. 5. Melt the butter in the pot and cook the onions and bacon with a pinch of salt for five minutes. 6. Add the white wine to the onions and cook rapidly to reduce the wine to a glaze. 7. Wash and slice the mushrooms and add them to the pot. 8. Add the rabbit legs to the pot and cover with the chicken stock. 9. Bring the stock to the boil and cook in a pre-heated oven at 200˚c for 1 ½ hours until the legs are tender. 10. Remove the legs from the pot and keep warm on plates. 11. Add the cream to the pot and boil rapidly for 5 minutes, adjust the seasoning with salt. 12. Whisk the parsley and mustard into the sauce and spoon it over the legs.
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Top Asked Questions
How to cook rabbit legs in the oven?Heat oven to 350 degrees. Pat the rabbit legs dry, and season with salt and pepper. Place a large Dutch oven over high heat, and heat oil until shimmering. Sear the rabbit legs until browned on both sides. Transfer to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the shallots to the pan, and sauté until tender but not browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
How to cook rabbit meat in a pan?Cover the pan and bake until the rabbit meat is tender and the leg joint bends easily, about 45 minutes. Transfer legs to a plate and keep warm. Skim cornichons and shallots from the sauce and set aside. Return pan to medium-high heat, and boil until sauce is reduced by about half.
How to cook a rabbit in a crock pot?Add the garlic cloves and cook another minute or two. Nestle the rabbit back into the pot, sprinkle some salt over everything and add the vinegar and bay leaf. Pour in enough water to get about halfway up the sides of the rabbit. Cover the pot and cook slowly over low heat for about 2 hours.
Can you eat rabbit legs off the bone?To ensure a moist, tender result on these lean cuts of meat, rabbit legs are often braised slowly in liquid. You can then serve the legs as they are, or flake the meat off of the bone for use in a variety of dishes.