Rabbit is becoming more popular and accessible across the country. Look for it at specialty markets or sometimes frozen in supermarkets. You can also order online from dartagnan.com. Cook the egg noodles as the rabbit finishes simmering.
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
1 cup coarsely chopped peeled turnip
1 cup chopped peeled carrot
1 (3-pound) rabbit, cut into 8 pieces
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
2 thyme sprigs
2 whole cloves
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 cups chopped leek
1 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
12 ounces fettuccine or egg noodles
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Stir in turnip and carrot; sauté 12 minutes or until vegetables begin to brown, stirring occasionally. Remove vegetables from pan; set aside.
Sprinkle both sides of rabbit evenly with salt and pepper. Add 2 1/4 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add half of rabbit; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove rabbit from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 2 1/4 teaspoons oil and rabbit. Wipe pan clean with a paper towel.
Place peppercorns, thyme, cloves, and bay leaf on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely. Melt butter in pan over medium heat. Add leek, celery, shallots, and garlic; sauté 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add wine and cheesecloth bag; bring to a boil. Stir in broth and stone-ground mustard; return rabbit to pan. Cover and bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until rabbit is done.
Remove rabbit from bones; shred with 2 forks. Discard bones. Strain cooking liquid through a fine mesh sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Return meat and cooking liquid to pan. Stir in reserved turnip mixture, Dijon mustard, and cream; bring to a boil. Cook for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender and liquid is slightly thick, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in chives, parsley, and tarragon. Discard cheesecloth bag.
Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain. Place about 1 cup hot cooked noodles in each of 6 shallow bowls, and divide rabbit mixture evenly among servings.
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Delicious fall/winter meal. I felt like a french peasant cooking the rabbit! It was labor intensive (numerous steps) and took about 2 hrs to prepare. It was worth it! Followed the recipe except at the end we added a little flour to thicken the sauce. The rabbit was nice and tender. The flavors melded nicely. The turnip was borderline overpowering. Served with a rustic flat pasta. Excellent meal!
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