Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sunday Lunch - Easter Bunny Pie


At a recent farmers market in Newcastle I impulse bought some diced rabbit to try and it has been sat in my freezer for weeks waiting for me to decide what to make with it. I have never even eaten rabbit let alone cooked with it so I was a little scared of getting it all wrong.

I posted on Kitchen Bitching asking for help, I turned to twitter for advice and spoke to all my foodie friends to see what they would do with it. I got some wonderful advice and ideas but in the end I just decided to go for it and stop worrying so much.

As it was Easter last weekend I decided it would be morbidly cute to make a rabbit pie (or Easter bunny pie), and I have to say it was delicious, and the perfect revenge for not receiving any Easter Eggs this year. *pout* ...

I started off by frying off the rabbit slightly, literally for a minute, as I was slow cooking it and didn't want it to just break apart and be lost in the stock.

I then chucked in some diced root vegetables, chicken stock, salt, pepper and a dash of mustard. I then slow cooked it for about 4-5 hours.

I then turned off the slow cooker and let it cool for a while before adding a couple of tablespoons of double cream, to add a bit of richness (you could leave this out). I also thickened it with some cornflour and water.

Now, I am going to be honest and admit I used pre-made pastry. I had a chunk of Jus-roll puff pastry in the freezer so just used that, it was a bank holiday and I was in lazy-girl mode.

The finished pie was flaky and golden on the outside, rich and creamy in the middle and completely mouth-wateringly delicious! I have to say I enjoyed the rabbit, it reminded me of pork a little but with a stronger flavour. I would like to experiment with rabbit some more in stews and I think it added a really lovely dimension to the stew/ pie filling.

Have you cooked or eaten rabbit? Was it nice? What made it nice? Come on fess up...


  1. I've enjoyed rabbit in France several times however I've always been disappointed when I've cooked it myself at home. I have bought whole rabbits from the farmer's market and it's always ended up being very tough. But I know done properly it has a great flavour.

    No shame in buying puff pastry! I haven't made my own since 1989!!


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