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A beautifully plated dish of Braised Rabbit, garnished with fresh chopped parsley, showcasing the culinary artistry of this traditional European dish.

Braised Rabbit

Discover the culinary art of Braised Rabbit, a dish that combines the tender and succulent flavors of rabbit meat with the richness of guanciale or pancetta, aromatic herbs, and a splash of dry white wine. This recipe is a testament to the elegance of traditional European cuisine and will leave your taste buds craving for more.

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To create this incredible Braised Rabbit, gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 whole rabbit, cut into serving pieces

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 ounces guanciale or pancetta, diced

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup mixed mushrooms (such as cremini, shiitake, or oyster), sliced

  • 1 cup chicken broth

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 2 bay leaves

  • Fresh parsley, chopped

  • Lemon zest (optional)

Braised Rabbit Instructions:

Preparing the Rabbit: Season the rabbit pieces with salt and pepper to taste. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

Searing the Rabbit: Add the seasoned rabbit pieces to the hot skillet and sear until they develop a golden brown crust on all sides. This step locks in the meat's juices and enhances flavor.

Sautéing the Aromatics: Remove the seared rabbit from the skillet and set aside. In the same skillet, add diced guanciale or pancetta and sauté until it becomes crispy and releases its savory flavors. Add finely chopped onion and minced garlic, continuing to sauté until they become fragrant.

Building Flavor: Return the seared rabbit to the skillet, adding sliced mushrooms, fresh thyme sprigs, and bay leaves. Pour in chicken broth and dry white wine, allowing the flavors to meld.

Braising to Perfection: Cover the skillet or Dutch oven and let the rabbit simmer on low heat for about 1.5 to 2 hours, or until the meat becomes tender and falls off the bone.

Serving Suggestions: Plate your Braised Rabbit, garnishing with fresh chopped parsley and lemon zest if desired. Serve alongside your favorite side dishes like roasted vegetables, risotto, or crusty bread to soak up the flavorful sauce.

Close-up of rabbit pieces being seared to perfection in a hot skillet, a crucial step in preparing Braised Rabbit.
Guanciale, onions, and garlic sautéing in a skillet, releasing their savory aromas, creating the flavorful base for Braised Rabbit.
Rabbit pieces simmering in a fragrant braising liquid of chicken broth and white wine, infusing the dish with rich flavors during the Braised Rabbit preparation.
A beautifully plated dish of Braised Rabbit, garnished with fresh chopped parsley, showcasing the culinary artistry of this traditional European dish.

Braised Rabbit is a culinary masterpiece that offers a taste of European sophistication and warmth. The tender and juicy rabbit meat, combined with the rich flavors of guanciale, mushrooms, and aromatic herbs, creates a dish that's perfect for special occasions or a cozy family dinner.

Explore the depths of flavor and indulge in the elegance of this traditional recipe. With every bite, savor the essence of European cuisine and the timeless appeal of Braised Rabbit.

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