Rabbit Piperade

Rabbit Piperade

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Braised Rabbit Piperade

Makes 4 Servings

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
  • 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



Deseed & julienne the orange & green bell peppers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taste the sauce & add salt as necessary.

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.

Serve with crusty bread for dipping into the sauce.

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