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Old 07-14-2008, 09:18 PM   #1
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Stopped by the butcher shop today and they had whole rabbits. I've never had rabbit and was thinking about grilling it whole. I've done whole chickens on the grill by cutting the back and flattening them out. Those of you that have had rabbit, what would be a good way to season it? Also, since I have no idea what it tastes like, what would be a good beer to pair with it? MMMMM...bunnys.

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Old 07-14-2008, 09:31 PM   #2
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:32 PM   #3
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Stopped by the butcher shop today and they had whole rabbits. I've never had rabbit and was thinking about grilling it whole. I've done whole chickens on the grill by cutting the back and flattening them out. Those of you that have had rabbit, what would be a good way to season it? Also, since I have no idea what it tastes like, what would be a good beer to pair with it? MMMMM...bunnys.
I have had rabbit in German (hassenpfeffer) and Moroccan (tagine?) restaurants. Both times it was in a sweet sauce and probably braised. It is similar to chicken but has more flavor.
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Rabbit is very much like chicken thigh meat, but is a little firmer and has less fat. Any kind of chicken preparation usually translates well to rabbit. Well, "beer can rabbit" might not be visually pleasing...make sure the ears are removed if you go this route!

If it's a young rabbit, you could certainly marinate and grill. I'd try some olive oil, rosemary and red pepper flakes. For an older "stewing" rabbit, try making coq au vin...or I guess it would be lapin au vin.

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Old 07-14-2008, 09:39 PM   #5
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Rabbit stew.

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Old 07-14-2008, 09:59 PM   #6
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Rabbit baked on a bed of wild rice with a nice white wine cream sauce (Make it better by subing wine with Apfelwein)

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Well I din't ask if they were young or old. I would guess young, I got 2 and they're about 1.5# each. Thighs are my favorite part of the chicken so it's sounding good.

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Rabbit is much like squirrel or any other small game animal. It will dry out EXTREMELY easy! Best bet is to brine it or marinade it for grilling. A stew or dumplings would also be nice.

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Interestingly, I was watching Iron Chef yesterday and the secret ingredient was rabbit. They made a stew, sausage, braised leg (like a chicken drumstick leg, really- it looked good), and rib rack which all looked pretty tasty. Coq au vin (rabbit-style) sounds good but I think that takes a while. I'd stew one and marinade/grill the other. I'm sure they'd turn out delicious and it'd be a good experiment.

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