Potato’s – Herbs And Rabbits – A Winter Meal Delight

wild rabbit

The weather is turning cold, rabbit season in upon us. In most places rabbit season is open or soon will be. Rabbits are rodents and their numbers need to be controlled to maintain a healthy, manageable rabbit population.

One doe(female) can produce 3 or 4 litters per-year with each litter averaging 6 kits (24) kits a year. Without controlling their population they will quickly over populate an area, competing with domestic animals for grass, damaging land causing soil erosion.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaims it the most nutritious meat available. Rabbit is an all white meat that’s lower in cholesterol than chicken or turkey (164 mg of cholesterol in rabbit vs. 220 mg in chicken), has just 795 calories per pound (chicken has 810 calories per pound), and has the highest percentage of protein and the lowest percentage of fat of any meat. In short, meat doesn’t get any healthier.

Wild rabbit is leaner than tame rabbit, and as long as it’s properly dressed, is only slightly gamey. The gaminess may be minimized by soaking the meat in salty water overnight in the refrigerator. As with tame rabbit, the younger the animal, the more tender the meat. Tame rabbit is more likely to be tender and have a more subtle flavor.

General cooking tips For safety, cook rabbit until it reaches 160 degrees F. Excellent rabbit seasonings include parsley, rosemary, sage, bay leaf, lemon-grass, coriander, and basil. Rabbit may be soaked in a marinade of sugar or honey, red wine, or olive oil seasoned with herbs.

Fryer rabbit can replace chicken in almost any recipe, but if you’ve never cooked rabbit before, it’s a great idea to start with a trusted recipe.

Roasting rabbit To roast a rabbit, rub it down with olive oil and chopped herbs and place it in a roasting pan. It may then be baked just like a chicken, at about 350 degrees F. (A 2 pound rabbit takes about 1 – 1 1/2 hours to cook at this temperature.)

Braising rabbit Begin by browning the rabbit in a little olive oil. Then place the meat in a pot and cover it about a quarter of the way with water. Cover the pot and allow the meat to simmer for about an hour.

Stewing rabbit Chop the rabbit meat into small pieces (about one inch square). If desired, roll in flour or seasonings. In a preheated pan with a little olive oil added, brown the meat on every side. Place the meat in a large pot and cover with boiling water. Cover the pan with a well-fitted lid and simmer for at least two hours, or until meat is tender. Add vegetables to the last hour of cooking.

Sautéing rabbit Thin cuts of rabbit (no more than one inch thick) are suitable for sautéing. First, preheat a pan and add a small amount of olive oil. Place the rabbit in the pan and brown both sides, cooking until it reaches 160 degrees F. Note: If you add a bit more oil to the pan, you can also pan fry rabbit, giving it a crispy outer layer.

Rabbit Recipes – Easy and Delicious

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2 responses to “Potato’s – Herbs And Rabbits – A Winter Meal Delight

  1. Rabbit is delicious and most any chicken recipe can be used substituting the chicken for rabbit. These are some awesome recipe ideas!
    To correct a VERY POPULAR misconception…
    Rabbits are actually not rodents, or even related to rodents. They are Lagomorphs. More closely related to horses than rats & mice. Rabbits and horses share similarities in their diet and in their method of digesting food. Lagomorpha are different from rodents, having four incisors (two on top and two on bottom) instead of a rodent’s two.

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  2. I had no idea rabbit was so nutritious! And rabbit fur is so soft. I love rabbits. Dead or alive. I just love them.

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