Rabbit Piperade

Rabbit Piperade

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Braised Rabbit Piperade

Makes 4 Servings
wine WINE PAIRING
Saumur

Piperade (aka piperrada) is a boldly flavorful Basque dish made from a blend of bell peppers, tomatoes and onion.  Here we’ve used it as a braising liquid for succulent rabbit legs, cooking them until they’re fork tender.

The finished dish blends the fruitiness of the peppers, the meaty depth of the rabbit & the smoky, faint heat of the pimenton.

Rabbit Piperade
INGREDIENTS
  • 4 Rabbit Hind Legs
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sweet Pimenton, Plus Extra to Finish
  • ½ cup Small Diced Shallot
  • 2 Orange Bell Peppers
  • 2 Green Bell Peppers
  • ½ cup Dry White Wine
  • 14.5oz can Whole Tomatoes
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne
  • 3 cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock
  • 4 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Sherry Vinegar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Recommended Side:
  • Artisan Crusty Bread

DIRECTIONS

1

Deseed & julienne the orange & green bell peppers.
2

Generously season the rabbit legs with the salt, pepper & pimenton.
3

Sear the rabbit legs in a deep, well-oiled pot over high heat.
4

Once the rabbit legs have browned on one side, flip them over & add the shallots.
5

When the shallots have started to turn translucent, add the julienned peppers along with the white wine, tomatoes, chicken or veggie stock & cayenne.
6

When the liquid comes to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and put the lid on the pot.
7

Braise the rabbit legs until the meat is fork tender (about an hour), then fish them out of the broth.
8

Increase the heat under the broth to high & break up the tomatoes in it. Simmer to reduce its volume by a quarter.
9

Remove the sauce from the heat & stir in the butter and sherry vinegar.
10

Taste the sauce & add salt as necessary.
11

Pour the sauce into bowls & top it with the rabbit legs. Drizzle a little bit of the sauce over the legs, then finish each dish with a little bit of the olive oil & a sprinkle of smoked paprika/pimenton.
12

Serve with crusty bread for dipping into the sauce.

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