Rabbit Stifado (grody picture warning)

I was thinking about not posting this, because we had to kind of improvise a bit and it doesn’t look pretty, but Mary Kate wanted to see it, and I haven’t been cooking a ton of things worth sharing lately (lotta gross vegetables), so… here we go!

IMG_1244Oh, and as the title suggests, from here on out the pictures may be pretty unappealing. This thing had a face.

Carmen plays dentist.

Carmen plays dentist.

IMG_1236Ingredients:

  • 1 large rabbit, jointed (approximately 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/3 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 small cinnamon stick (about 3 inches)
  • 4 whole allspice
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2/3 cup red wine
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds white pearl onions, peeled but left whole

Besides not having the right pots and pans (which will quickly become apparent) we didn’t have allspice and had shallots rather than pearl onions. I have never eaten as many shallots in my life, but…they’re fine/good?

The meat counter guy didn't speak English, but mimed chopping, so I went with that.

The meat counter guy didn’t speak English, but mimed chopping, so I went with that.

Rinse the rabbit and put them in a large bowl with the bay leaves and vinegar. Mix well, and leave to marinate at least 2 hours, up to overnight.

IMG_1234Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a large saucepan until hot. Pat dry the rabbit piece them and add to the oil, frying until brown on all sides. We didn’t have anything big enough, so were using two pots at once, and still having to rotate meat in and out of the pots so that everything could be heated on the bottom.

IMG_1237 IMG_1238Once the meat is all browned on the outside, add the tomato paste, bay leaves, sugar, garlic, spices, wine, and water, then season with salt and pepper. I added more water, since they were split and it seemed like it could use it to cover most of the meat.

IMG_1240

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and simmer for about an hour. When 15 minutes remain, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil in a frying pan and add the onions. Saute gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden all over.

Let's just pretend...

Let’s just pretend…

Add the onions, and any remaining oil in the pan, to the rabbit mixture. Re-cover, and simmer a further 15 minutes.

IMG_1242Remove the cinnamon stick, allspice, and rosemary.

This would be good with rice, and even better with some crispy potato wedges!

IMG_1243The sauce is delicious (dip potatoes in it!), and the meat is nice and tender. Even with the problems my kitchen has, this was a good meal!

Rabbit Stifado

From food.com.

  • 1 large rabbit, jointed (approximately 3 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/3 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 small cinnamon stick (about 3 inches)
  • 4 whole allspice
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2/3 cup red wine
  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds white pearl onions, peeled but left whole

Rinse the rabbit and put them in a large bowl with the bay leaves and vinegar. Mix well, and leave to marinate at least 2 hours, up to overnight.

Heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil in a large saucepan until hot. Pat dry the rabbit piece them and add to the oil, frying until brown on all sides.

Once the meat is browned all around, add the tomato paste, bay leaves, sugar, garlic, spices, wine, and water, then season with salt and pepper.

Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and simmer for about an hour. When 15 minutes remain, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil in a frying pan and add the onions. Saute gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden all over. Add the onions, and any remaining oil in the pan, to the rabbit mixture. Re-cover, and simmer a further 15 minutes.

Remove the cinnamon stick, allspice, and rosemary. Serve with rice or potato.

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About sparecake

My name's Corinne, and I like cake, cookies, and chocolate! Also, non-c-things such as ponies, Star Trek, and biking. (Over the summer, my bike glove tans will probably become pretty glaring in some of these photos.) I'll be sharing my adventures in the kitchen. Expect lots of recipes to have chocolate swapped in to replace other inferior ingredients.
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4 Responses to Rabbit Stifado (grody picture warning)

  1. Mary Kate says:

    YAY! Peer pressure for the win.

    That’s really interesting, overall, but yeah, the teeth photo kind of makes it gross. And that is a ton of shallots. By “jointed,” you mean more-or-less cut into parts, right? Because I don’t think there’s a version of rabbit, no matter how evil, that comes without joints. Though Odo from DS9 could probably become a rabbit, and he has no joints.

    Sauce does sound really good.

  2. denisedaniel says:

    Oh, this makes me laugh, so hard on so many levels! But it does sound really good!

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