CREAMY RABBIT STEW WITH WHITE WINE & TOMATO SAUCE

RECIPE

CREAMY RABBIT STEW WITH WHITE WINE & TOMATO SAUCE

written by @juliarecipes

Creamy rabbit with white wine and tomato sauce

Hope you are all enjoying your preparations for Easter. I am extremely busy, as I am preparing many traditional Czech meals and sweets, so time really goes by fast. This year I am preparing one of our family traditional meal and that is creamy rabbit with white wine &tomato sauce 🍅 . I will be serving this traditional meal with nontraditional bread and that is naan bread.

TIPS

To get the best  taste of rabbit is to cook it a day before you plan to serving it. The meat will get the time to absorb all the beautiful flavors from rosemary, garlic and tomatoes and the meat will be much more tender. Rabbit’s meet is actually very delicate meat, so you won’t be cooking it for a longer time, then a chicken.  Usually it takes in between 60 – 90 minutes. Of course, it all depends on the size of the rabbit.

Rabbits are easy to get during the Easter time, so you should not have a problem finding one in your local store. My rabbit was around 4 – 5 pounds, which is plenty enough for 4 – 6 servings.

Creamy rabbit with white wine and tomato sauce

Creamy rabbit with white wine and tomato sauce

WHAT DO YOU NEED FOR THE RECIPE

For this recipe you will need 1 rabbit, flour, some seasoning, crush tomatoes in can, garlic, fresh rosemary, cream and dry white wine. You can use 10% up to 35%, depending on how rich you want the sauce to be. I prefer using 35% cream, because I like to have this dish to be rich and creamy. Few springs of rosemary will add excellent perfume to the whole dish.

Would be preferable, if you have a large cast iron pot or any large heavy saucepan you can use to prepare this rabbit recipe. Rabbit might look and sound as a small and tiny, but trust me, once you will portion all the parts, it will take up space in the large saucepan.

This rabbit recipe calls for dry white wine. If you do not like the taste of alcohol in stews , you can simply omit using it. Just to advice you, that once the wine is added to the stew, we will let simmer the stew for few minutes, so all the alcohol will evaporate, so there is no danger of getting drunk yourself from this meal or your kids 🙂

Creamy rabbit with white wine and tomato sauce

RECIPE

CREAMY RABBIT STEW WITH WHITE WINE & TOMATO SAUCE

Preparation time: 30 minutes⭐cooking time: 1 hour or more⭐servings: 4-5 servings

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 rabbit (3-5 pounds)
  • 2 Tbsp of flour
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 can  (4 cups) of crushed tomatoes
  • 4 fresh sprigs of rosemary
  • 2 cups of dry white wine
  • 1 cup of 35 % cream
  • 1 pkg of store bought pitta (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Wash the rabbit and cut the meat in serving pieces. Cut off first the front and back legs, cut through the spine to separate it and ten cut  in another half to get four pieces from the back. In total you will have 8 pieces.
  2. In a shallow plate add flour and season it with salt and freshly ground pepper. Coat each rabbit piece with this flour mixture.
  3. In a large cast iron pot, reheat olive oil on medium- high heat and brown the meat on all sides until golden brown.
  4. When the rabbit is browned well from all sides, add 2 tbsp of butter and garlic slices, crushed tomatoes, herbs. Cover and cook gently for 1 hour or until the rabbit meat will fall off the bone.
  5. Remove the lid and check for doneness, if the meat is already falling off the bone, Add 1 cup of cream and stir, then add wine and let simmer for another 10 minutes.
  6. Optional: Turn off the heat, fish out the rabbit pieces and let the cool on a baking sheet. Pull all the meat off the bones and return the meat to the stew. This makes the stew much more enjoyable, but if you don’t mind fighting with the bones, leave the rabbit pieces with the bones.
  7. The meat will be soft and juicy with rich creamy sauce. You can accompany this rabbit stew with pitta bread, over rice or good homemade pasta.
  8. Enjoy the Easter holidays!

Creamy rabbit with white wine and tomato sauce

 

 

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