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Andrew Zimmern’s Kitchen AdventuresAndrew Zimmern braises rabbit in red wine until it’s falling off the bone, then grills it for an amazing smoky flavor. Slideshow: More Delicious Braising Recipes 

September 2012


Credit: © Stephanie Meyer

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1 hr 45 mins
4 hrs


Braised Rabbit


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 theremaining olive oil and rabbit pieces in 2 more batches.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

Make Ahead

The chimichurri can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before serving.