Here's the deal. I have a slightly evil sense of humor. I also really like pushing buttons. Put that together with my culinary sense of adventure and you end up with me doing the kid-hate inducing thing you should never EVER serve at Easter. Unless you're me.
Rabbit used to be common. It still is in the mid-west but just mention it to most Americans and they'll make the ookie face. It's a good lean meat, try it. My version is Italian in origin and uses shallots, dry white wine and lovely fresh herbs. Really easy to do, you'll see.
First up, buy a rabbit. I have a source with our butcher at my real job so he brought some in for me. Have him ( or her ) divide it up for you. Point is, rabbit bones are murder on knife edges. I learned that the hard way years ago. Better the butcher's knives get the notches than yours.
Mise en Place
One rabbit, divide all pieces into as many smaller pieces as possible. Bone in.
Seasoned flour, salt, black pepper, pinch of Paprika
Finely grated Parmesan
6 large Shallots, quartered
A piece or two of bacon or salt pork, no wrong answers
1 bottle dry white wine. Chardonnay, Fume Blanc...whatever ya got
Bunch of fresh Marjoram
Same with Oregano
Remove leaves but save those stems, tie them together and add those to the pot later. Big fancy Chef word for today is Bouquet garni.
Splash of Olive Oil
Wide ribbon Pasta, pick one.
Start heating up your pan and add your pieces of pork belly, cook those alone for a couple minutes and add a splash of oil
Combine the cheese with the seasoned flour. Dredge all pieces 'o' Peter Rabbit and shake off excess.
Start browning off the bunny pieces. Light gold brown
For now remove to the side.
In the same pan dump in the shallots and start browning those off.
Put the rabbit pieces back add the herbs and dump in the wine to cover. We're braising aren't we? Make sure to scrape up the yummy brown stuff on the bottom of the pan. Check your seasoning ok?
Thing is rabbit has some tough leg muscle as you might imagine and to make it edible a long cooking time is the order for the day. Bring to a good simmer, cover, and braise until tender. Depending on the size of your egg and jellybean shilling hasenpfeffer this can go anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.
That's ok, gives us time to par-cook the pasta. Boil, drain..blah blah. Gently add the pasta to the pan. Toss lightly.
Plate up and garnish with any herbs you have left over.
Let the kids know what they're eating maybe AFTER they hunt for eggs.
Have a blessed and peaceful Easter
Cooking poor, eating rich
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