I created this thread because @Mickster and I were unintentionally hijacking another thread to talk about how to prepare all of our nemesis–RABBITS! Perhaps later some can come here to talk about how to use other meat from our orchards (squirrels, mostly, but could even be deer…) Mick saw my post showing a rabbit I had harvested and then prepared and butchered for cooking and asked about how I cook my rabbit. Here is my answer (love to hear others)
I hate to say it so strongly, but most “beginners” at cooking rabbit are not happy with the outcome unless it is done in a crock pot for several hours (I put mine on when I leave for work and its perfect when I get home 8 hours later. But 4-5 will do it.
Keep in mind that rabbits only eat “salads” and spend all their time hopping around the countryside. Their meat is incredibly lean. While this makes it a very healthy “other other white meat”, we all know that fat adds flavor and moisture, so absence of it isn’t good news for taste. Rabbit can be a little dry and if not cooked properly, can be tough. The easiest way to overcome all of this is to simply use a crock pot. It will also overcome something even the best cook can’t–an old, tough buck rabbit. Its also mistake free- put everything in pot, turn on, wait. That’s it!
As far as a recipe, mine is a little funny. I like a good hardy rabbit stew, so I pretty much go through my freezer and my pantry and put pretty much every veggie I have! haha. Around here people call it “hunter stew” because its whatever meat you hunt and kill and whatever veggies you foraged from your garden/freezer/pantry. I can get more specific if you wish, but its equal parts of most veggies and I’ll even use some canned veggies (tomatoes, green beans, etc). My stew literally can have 10 different veggies- but you can make it with just a few of your favorites. Along with all my veggies I usually just use about 1 spoon fulls of “italian spice” mix that you’ll see in every spice section of any store (oregano, thyme, basil, rosemary, and sage) but most of the flavor comes out of the veggies and you can use whatever spice you like. I also use a LOT of garlic but that’s just me.
Well, I know that is much more detail than you probably wanted but I love rabbit so much and just enjoy sharing info that may help someone discover this wonderful food that also helps keep them out of our orchards/gardens. I sincerely hope you try it…let me know if I can help, and good luck!