Baked rabbit is a very simple recipe to make with guaranteed result. It is impossible to resist its tantalizing aroma because rabbit is one of the most delicate and valuable meats. Baked rabbit is a perfect recipe to surprise your guests and is easily prepared, using ingredients and aromas typical of Mediterranean cuisine.
Do you want a rustic dish that can bring the whole family together? This time I will proudly share with you a delicious recipe of baked rabbit with white dry wine and bacon. Rabbit meat is one of the most delicious meats, certainly very lean but at the same time tender and juicy. When cooked in the right way and served with a creamy dor-blue sauce, everything becomes more appetizing!
Besides being a delicious food, the rabbit meat has some excellent qualities; it is white, lean, and easily digestible meat, therefore also suitable for those who follow a low-calorie diet.
Ingredients for baked rabbit
This rustic recipe of roasted baked rabbit requires only a few ingredients that you can easily find in any grocery store during any time of the year. Most of the ingredients are part of the Mediterranean cuisine, this is why it is a recipe that you must try. As you can understand, as a first thing, you need rabbit meat. You can buy a whole rabbit or you can buy pieces of meat as I did. I am lucky enough to be able to buy already marinated pieces of rabbit.
However, whatever meat you have available, you can always cut it in chunks and have it marinated with olive oil, some herbs, and garlic for at least a couple of hours prior to having it baked.
To make the recipe you will also need some butter, fresh rosemary, a few garlic cloves, a glass of dry white wine, and some bacon for the extra flavor. Don’t skip the regular seasoning – salt and pepper.
How to fry rabbit meat?
For perfect baking of the rabbit, you should always first fry the pieces of meat until beautifully golden of each side. Take a large frying pan put some butter to melt at medium heat. Then add the pieces of meat along with crushed garlic and rosemary. It is an essential step in sealing the odor of the meat, also, to avoid dispersing the juices. It is also imperative to cook it properly, considering rabbit is low-fat meat, prolonged cooking at an excessive temperature would make it dry and gummy.
To make the baked rabbit even more fragrant, try adding other herbs such as thyme and a few bay leaves. In the end, pour half a glass of white dry wine and let it evaporate.
How to bake rabbit meat?
As soon as you have fried the rabbit meat pieces on each side, and it all became golden brown, it’s time to proceed to the second step. At this point, transfer the meat with care to a baking tray or better, to a casserole. Do not forget to pour over the juice along with the herbs and the garlic from the frying pan.
Chop some bacon, and Spread it all over the casserole with the rabbit meat. Stiff it well under the meat and on top of it. The bacon will melt it’s fat during baking and will add the needed extra greasiness to the low-fat rabbit meat. It is a little trick that will make a big difference when backing the dish. Mainly the bacon is absolutely necessary when you want to make the rabbit meat tenderer.
You may add a little more salt black pepper and granulated onion before introducing the baking tray to the oven. Finally, add half a glass of dry white wine and cover the casserole with a piece of aluminum foil.
Now it’s time to transfer the casserole into the preheated oven at 360° Fahrenheit and have it baked with aluminum foil on top for about 30 minutes. By covering the meat, the heat spreads evenly in the interior of the casserole. It is a commonly used technique in baking meat that is similar to boiling. During these 30 minutes, the meat will simmer in its own juice, as well as in the fat melted from the bacon and in the perfumed white wine. Isn’t that tempting?
When the time expires, take out the aluminum foil and let it bake for another 20-30 minutes until it becomes crispy on top. Baste the meat periodically as to moisten the meat during baking and to prevent from drying out. This is a necessary thing to do in order to get the baking effect.
That is all. Take out the casserole and let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
How to make blue cheese sauce?
This blue cheese sauce might be one of the best sauces you have ever tried. The combination of the spicy sour blue cheese with white wine and heavy cream is something beyond imaginable. It is a perfect sauce to suit any roasted meat dishes as well as fish dishes. Since I have discovered it, I use it anytime I have the opportunity because it is simply perfect.
To prepare the sauce you need to heat a 1 cup of heavy cream in a saucepan on medium-low heat. In the meantime cut the Blue cheese in small chunks and make sure you have half a glass of white wine available. As soon as the heavy cream reaches a high temperature, lower the heat and add the blue cheese then stir continuously till it melts. Thereafter, pour 1/3 of a glass of white wine and let it come to a boil. If you want the sauce to be thicker, then let it simmer for about two minutes on low heat, stir occasionally. That is all it takes to have a mind-blowing sauce that everyone will go crazy about.
When you take out the meat from the oven, arrange it carefully on a plate and pour some sauce on top of it. You can as well pour the sauce in a small sauce dish and keep it right next to you because you’ll never have enough of it. Give it a try and you’ll never regret it.
Tender & Juicy Roasted Rabbit Recipe
- frying pan
- Baking casserole
- 1 medium rabbit cut in pieces
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 3-4 springs rosemary
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp granulated garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 4 oz butter
- 8 oz bacon
Blue cheese sauce
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 8 oz blue cheese dor blue
- 1/3 cup white dry wine
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper optional
- Preheat oven to 360 degreesFahrenheit
- Take a large frying pan put some butter to melt at medium heat, then add the pieces of meat along with crushed garlic and rosemary
- Fry on each side on for about 3 minutes or until golden brown
- Add 1/2 cup white dry wine and let it evaporate
- Transfer the meat with care to a baking casserole then pour over the juice along with the herbs and the garlic from the frying pan
- Mince some slices of bacon and add it to the rabbit meat, make sure to spread it evenly
- Add 1/2 cup of wine to the casserole and season with a little salt and pepper
- Cover the casserole with aluminum foil and insert it in the preheated oven. Let it cook for 30 minutes
- Take out the aluminum foil and let bake until meat is finally done, for about 20-30 minutes more
- Baste the meat periodically as to moisten the meat during baking and to prevent from drying out
- Take out of the oven when the time expires and let chill for about 10 minutes before serving
Blue Cheese Sauce with White Wine
- Heat 1 cup of heavy cream in a saucepan on medium-low heat
- In the meantime cut the Blue cheese in small chunks
- As soon as the heavy cream reaches a high temperature, lower the heat and add the blue cheese then stir continuously till it melts
- Thereafter, pour 1/3 of a glass of white wine and let it come to a boil. If you want the sauce to be thicker, then let it simmer for about two minutes on low heat, stir occasionally.