Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Jamie Oliver's Essex fried rabbit

Well OK not Essex, but Maungaturoto!

G shot a rabbit yesterday and I've been wanting to try out Jamie Oliver's recipe since I saw it on his show Jamie At Home (Series 1). Couldn't find it on his website so here is how it's done:

Joints of a fresh rabbit (cut off any long bones)
Fresh rosemary
Olive oil
White wine
Parmesan cheese
Fresh thyme

In a large lidded pan place the rabbit pieces, a good slug of olive oil, a glass of white wine, a couple of sprigs of rosemary, and a whole garlic bulb sliced in half (I would remove as much of the skins as possible as you can eat the garlic deep fried with the rabbit). Put the lid on and simmer on a very low heat for about 1 1/2 hours or until the flesh just starts to pull away from the bone slightly. If the rabbit is big you may need to cook for longer.

When cooked, remove the rabbit and garlic from the pan. Dust in seasoned flour, then dip in beaten egg to coat, then press into a mix of fresh breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and thyme leaves. Make sure the rabbit is well coated.

Deep fry the coated rabbit pieces for about a minute or so until nicely golden brown. Also briefly deep fry a sprig for rosemary (about 20 secs). Drain on kitchen paper and serve with a squeeze of lemon juice.

This was the best rabbit dish we've ever eaten. A great recipe, will definitely try it again, hopefully with a smaller (younger) rabbit for more tender meat, although the one we had was fine.


Ian said...

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Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Hi Ian
Many thanks for your comment. I'm very flattered to have been recommended to you for your Farm Blogs from Around the World site and would love to appear on it. Will get onto collating the info you require.
Look forward to exploring the blog, it sounds very interesting.
Best wishes

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

We had another rabbit during the week and it was a lot smaller, also a female rather than male. The meat was so much more tender. I think we'll always try to get the smaller females for dinner from now on having made the comparison.

Publisher of Truth said...

Dear Friend,
Thank you so kindly for posting the recipe for Jamie's Essex friend rabbit. I saw the episode in question just today (11/4/10) and was disappointed NOT to find the recipe when I looked on the web-site.
I wish you much joy and happiness in New Zealand. From all I see and read, it looks like Heaven on Earth!

Anita said...

First of all: thanks a lot for the recipe! :)
As you and a lot of others, I could't find it on internet, so it was very helpful for me, because I wanted to try this food - it means, I wanted to try rabbit first time. :)
I made some changes on it, I like thyme much better than rosemary, and at the end, I made little meatballs with the rabbit, the souce - was left from the meat - and egg and breadcrumb. I put them into breadcrumb-parmesan mixture and deep-fried it. Now I can say: I love rabbit. :) Thanks, one more.

Anita, from Hungary.

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Publisher of Truth, sorry for the late reply I missed your comment somehow..Glad you found the recipe. Enjoy!

Hi Anita
Also glad you found the recipe on my blog. Did you have wild rabbit or farmed? I like the idea of the meatballs, thanks for sharing your take on the recipe.
Best wishes Bridget

Erik said...

I'm gonne make this recipie 31-12-2011

My question is witch i'm unable to find in Jamie his books or here is:
Whats happening with the bones after cooking the rabbit in a pan.

Do you remove them or not before putting them in flour?



Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Hi Erik
Hope the recipe works well for your New Year's Eve dinner!
The bones stay in the rabbit meat - you do not remove them! Before cooking, just saw off any large bones that are sticking out of the joints of rabbit (if you need to).
Best wishes

vilde rose said...

Hi! Can one make this dish with other meat? Like, for example, lamb? :)

Cabbage Tree Farm said...

Hi vilde rose

I've never tried another other meat for this recipe, you should try the lamb and see how it works.