How to make it

  • 1.) Season the rabbit with salt and pepper. Put the flour in a large bowl and add the rabbit to the bowl, tossing the pieces to coat them with the flour. Shake off the excess flour and set the floured rabbit pieces aside.
  • 2.) Add the bacon to a large pot over medium-high heat and sauté to render its fat, 3-4 minutes. Add the shallots or onion and garlic and sauté until translucent and cooked through but not browned. Remove the bacon and shallots or onions to a bowl and set aside. Reserve some of the bacon fat in the pot.
  • 3.) Add more oil to the pot if necessary and return the pot to medium-high flame. Brown the rabbit a few pieces at a time on all sides and set aside.
  • 4.) Reduce heat to medium, and carefully add the cognac or brandy (it may flame up). Cook until its volume is reduced by about half.
  • 5.) Return the rabbit pieces to the pot and add the broth, wine, lemons, thyme, rosemary, allspice, juniper berries, cloves, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • 6.) While rabbit is cooking, knead the butter and flour together with your fingers to form a smooth dough. You will use this to thicken the sauce.
  • 7.) When the rabbit is cooked through and tender, remove it to a serving dish. Strain the sauce through a fine sieve, discarding the solids. Stir the reserved bacon and shallots or onion back into the sauce. Add more stock or water if necessary to make about 2 cups.
  • 8.) Return sauce to a simmer on the stove and whisk a small piece of the butter and flour mixture into the sauce and return to a simmer. Keep whisking pieces into the sauce until it reaches a nice consistency. Adjust seasoning, pour the sauce over the rabbit and serve.
  • Variations:
  • A) If you can't find or don't have juniper berries, substitute gin for the cognac. Gin gets its flavor from juniper berries.
  • B) Vinegar is sometimes used instead of the lemon to add a sour tang to the dish.

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    " It was excellent "
    chummers ate it and said...
    Running this through now. Very similar to my wife's family's recipe.
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  • 22566 7 years ago
    Hey Thumper...
    I found a hare...
    I do delcare...
    In the stew...
    Of your Rabbit brew...
    Great Recipe
    Kind Regards
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