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Rabbit (Hasenpfeffer)

A Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil Recipe

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Prep Information

Prep Time

1-2 days for marinating. For chopping, measuring, 30-40 minutes

Cook Time

90 minutes

Serves

4 adult(s)

Includes

Pinot Noir Wine Vinegar,
Butter Olive Oil

For a special treat this spring, try our rabbit (Hasenpfeffer) recipe. If you've never tried rabbit, give it a try. It's definitely worth the effort!

Ingredients

  • 1 rabbit or hare, skinned and cleaned
  • Marinade
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • Koroneiki, Arbequina, or Arbosana Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 cups PInot Noir Wine Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp each: thyme, basil, cloves, allspice berries and crushed peppercorns
  • A pinch of mace
  • 6 crushed cloves of garlic

Instructions

  • Sauté the celery, carrots, and onions in 1/4 cup Olive Oil (Arbequina, Hojiblanca, etc.) until they begin to color.
  • Then add 3 cups Pinot Noir Wine Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar, 2 cups of water, 1/2 cup coarsely chopped parsley, 3 bay leaves, 1 Tbsp each: thyme, basil, cloves, allspice berries and crushed peppercorns, a pinch of mace, 6 crushed cloves of garlic.
  • Bring marinade to a boil and then simmer it for 1 hour. Strain and cool (important).
  • Cut the rabbit into pieces by severing the legs at the joints and cutting the back into 3 sections. Place the pieces into a crock or plastic container. Pour the cooled marinade over the meat and refrigerate for 24-48 hours. Drain and reserve the marinade.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dry the pieces of rabbit, then dredge them with flour. Brown until golden in 3 Tbsp. bacon drippings. Remove the browned rabbit to an ovenproof casserole such as a cast iron Dutch oven. Using the same pan the rabbit was browned in, sauté 1 cup thinly sliced onions in 2 Tbsp. Butter Olive Oil. Add the sautéed onions to the Dutch oven casserole with the rabbit. Pour in the marinade from the rabbit and bring to a boil on the stove. Cover the casserole and place in oven for approximately 1-1/2 hours or until tender. Place rabbit pieces on a serving dish and keep warm in a very low oven until the gravy is made and the noodles are cooked.