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Serves : 4-6

How to Make It

Step 1    

Combine the rabbit, wine, onion, 2 tablespoons of the oil, the bouquet garni and the cinnamon. Let marinate at room temperature for 2 hours, turning the rabbit occasionally.

Step 2    

Meanwhile, roast the bell peppers directly over a gas flame or under the broiler as close to the heat as possible, turning often, until charred all over. Transfer the peppers to a paper bag and set aside to steam for 10 minutes. Scrape off the blackened skins and remove the stems, seeds and ribs. Cut the peppers lengthwise into 1/4-inch-wide-strips.

Step 3    

In a large nonreactive flameproof casserole, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil until hot but not smoking. Remove the rabbit pieces from the marinade, pat dry and season lightly with sea salt and black pepper. Add the rabbit and its marinade to the casserole and bring just to a simmer over moderately high heat. Add the bell pepper strips and reduce the heat to very low. Cover and simmer the rabbit gently, turning occasionally, until fork-tender, about 2 hours.

Step 4    

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the rabbit and the pepper strips to a platter and cover to keep warm. Strain the sauce and wipe out the casserole. Return the sauce to the casserole and boil over high heat until thick and glossy. Return the rabbit and peppers to the casserole, cover and cook over low heat, turning once or twice, until heated through, about 5 minutes.

Make Ahead

The rabbit can be cooled, covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day. Reheat before serving.

Suggested Pairing

Try a Barbaresco, a wine with a perfect acid balance, custom-made for a region where food is hearty and copious.

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