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...