Saturday, June 2, 2012

Alice in Wonderland's Rabbit Stew

" I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date! No time to say "Hello, Goodbye".  I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!" - White Rabbit

There is nothing like the sounds of gunshots and squealing rabbits in the morning to make you feel as though a little part of your childhood innocence has died inside you... And when that happens there are two things you can do about it; Barricade yourself in your room watching Disney movies ( Don't pretend you have never done this! )  Or you can do what I did, make peace with the fact there is a circle of life ( A delicious, delicious, circle ). Laugh about the irony and make a recipe for it! Let me tell you the latter is much more satisfying... and tasty! This is a great recipe for a weekend supper. Serves 4-6 depending on bowl size ( I fed 4 ) and makes great leftovers. This was my first time eating and cooking rabbit but I have to say it tasted a lot like chicken. I think this is just because it was made in a stew but I could be wrong. This is a very simple recipe but should not be attempted if you have a lot of plans for the day as it takes a few hours to cook. This is best served with some fresh out of the oven crusty bread ( I made Ciabatta ), a nice glass of chardonnay, and if dining alone, a great book!... Enjoy! 

1 small onion ( chopped ) 
5 cloves of garlic ( Minced ) 
4 carrots ( Cut into larg chunks ) 
2 Celery Stalks ( Cut into 1/2 inch sections ) 
4 stalks green onion ( chopped ) 
5 Large Red Potatoes
1 fryer rabbit ( Thawed, cut into sections, bone intact ) 
1 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 quarts water 
2 bay leaves
1 tsp. ground sage
1 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tbsp. Sea salt
2 tsp. Pepper 
1/2 tsp. red pepper flake 

zuchinni, broccli, spinach, kale, mushrooms, leeks

In a large stock pot heat Olive Oil on medium. Add onion, garlic, carrot, celery, and spices. Stir with wooden spoon until heated. Add Rabbit and water. Bring water to a boil, then lower heat to simmer. Cover with lid and let simmer for 2-3 hours. Check broth for flavor and add more spices if necessary.  ( May need to add more water as well, about a half a quart.) Pull rabbit segments out of stock, remove bones, shred meat and put back into the water. Add red potatoes and cook uncovered until potatoes are finished. If you wish to add any of the optional veggies now would be the time to do so unless you are adding, leeks or kale. You will want to add those in when you first add the water to ensure they are cooked all the way through and to add flavor to the broth. 

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Here is Egypt Central's song "White Rabbit" to rock out to while cooking... Enjoy! 

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