How to Make Rabbit Fricassee

A fricassee is a creamy dish often made at home with white meat (usually a whole chicken cut into eight pieces), vegetables, and a dense white sauce.[1] Rabbit meat can be substituted for chicken for a similar flavor, as has been done in this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole rabbit
  • 50g, 1.7 oz butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons flour
  • 100g, 3.5 oz bacon, chopped
  • 100g, 3.5 oz button mushrooms, cut into quarters
  • 4 shallots, cut in half
  • 4 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 250ml, 8.4 fl oz white wine
  • 750ml, 25.3 fl oz chicken stock
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 50ml, 1.7 fl oz cream
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

Steps

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    Divide the rabbit into 8 pieces. (You can ask your butcher to do this for you).
    • If you're concerned about the rabbit's tenderness, marinate the rabbit for one night in the pot first, and when you cook the rabbit, make sure that the heat isn't that high; this way the rabbit will definitely become softer and tastier.
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    Season all the pieces of rabbit with salt and pepper, then lightly cover them in flour.
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    Start heating the oil and the butter in the pan and then add the rabbit. Lightly cook over a moderate heat until golden brown.
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    When light brown, remove the rabbit from the pan and leave to one side.
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    Brown the bacon, then add the mushrooms, the shallots, the diced celery and the diced carrot and cook until slightly brown.
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    Pour in the white wine and reduce it down to about half.
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    Once the wine has reduced, put the rabbit back into the pot.
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    While continuously stirring, add the stock to the pan.
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    Finally, before cooking the dish thoroughly, add the garlic, bay leaves and thyme. Stir.
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    Bring the stock to a gentle simmer, then skim off any scum that may have risen to the surface. Cover, lower the heat and cook, simmering for 1 hour.
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    Spoon out the rabbit and the vegetables and place them onto a serving dish.
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    For a delicious finishing touch, pour the cream into the sauce and reduce it down by about half. Here, also adjust the seasoning if necessary.
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    Add some chopped parsley to the sauce, pour it over the rabbit and vegetables and serve immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Knife
  • Large pot with lid
  • Slotted spoon
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Tray
  • Chopping board

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