Active Time
1 HR 45 MIN
Total Time
4 HR
Yield
Serves : 6
© Stephanie Meyer

How to Make It

Step 1    Braise the Rabbit

In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Season the rabbit with salt and pepper. Add 4 pieces of rabbit to the casserole and cook over moderately high heat until well browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a rimmed platter. Repeat with the
remaining olive oil and rabbit pieces in 2 more batches.

Step 2    Braise the Rabbit

Add the bacon, celery, carrots, onion, garlic and herb bundle to the casserole. Cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until the vegetables are slightly softened and the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes. Return the rabbit to the casserole and add any accumulated juices. Pour in the wine and bring just to a boil. Immerse the rabbit pieces as much as possible. Cover and simmer over low heat until the rabbit is very tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the heat and cool for 1 hour.

Step 3    Braise the Rabbit

Transfer the rabbit pieces to a large bowl. Strain the cooking liquid over the rabbit through a fine sieve; discard the solids. Cover the stew with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Step 4    Braise the Rabbit

Remove the rabbit pieces from the liquid and bring to room temperature. In a medium saucepan, bring the cooking liquid to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until reduced to 1 cup, about 7 minutes. Add the chocolate and whisk until smooth. Season the sauce with salt.

Step 5    Meanwhile, Make the Chimichurri

In a food processor or blender, combine the parsley, cilantro, oregano, bay leaves, garlic, chile and cumin and process until finely chopped. Add the olive oil and vinegar and pulse to combine. Season with salt.

Step 6    Meanwhile, Make the Chimichurri

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan and brush the grates with vegetable oil. Blot the rabbit pieces dry with paper towels and season with salt. Grill over moderately high heat until warmed through and slightly charred, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer the rabbit to a platter, and baste with the sauce. Serve the remaining sauce and the chimichurri at the table.

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