Braised Rabbit With Rosemary

As the Italians say, “simplice ma buono” (simple but good). The dish tastes great, is easy to do and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients.   This is my adaptation from Ristorante Da Gino in Rome. The Ristorante uses a 2 – 2 ¼ lb. rabbit. I do too and it’s excellent. Columbus Meats** and Big Lou’s Butcher Shop** sell rabbit and will cut it up for you.   You can use  chicken legs just in case you don’t cook rabbit!

Makes 4 Servings

1 – 2 to 2 ¼ lb. rabbit, or chicken, cut up
3 Tbsp. unbleached flour, divided
4 Tbsp. EVO, divided
1 large clove garlic, flattened
1 large fresh rosemary sprig
1/8 tsp. pepperoncino (red pepper flakes)
Large pinch of salt + additional for sprinkling
Freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ cups dry white wine
2 Tbsp. butter, room temperature

Sprinkle the rabbit or chicken pieces with salt & pepper, then sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. flour, turning to coat evenly. You can do this step in a plastic or paper bag instead if you prefer. Heat 2 Tbsp. EVO in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the rabbit or chicken & cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Heat remaining 2 Tbsp. EVO in same skillet over medium heat. Add flattened garlic clove, rosemary sprig, pepperoncino & large pinch of salt to skillet. Stir until garlic begins to brown lightly, about 1 minute. Using slotted spoon remove garlic & discard.

Add the wine & boil until liquid is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Return rabbit or chicken & any accumulated juices to skillet.

Mix remaining 1 Tbsp. flour & 2 Tbsp. butter in a small bowl. Stir flour mixture into juices in skillet. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover & simmer until rabbit is very tender, turning rabbit pieces & occasionally adding water by ¼ cupful’s to skillet if rabbit seems to be getting dry, about 35-40 minutes total cooking time.

Transfer rabbit pieces to platter; season sauce to taste with salt & pepper. Pour sauce over the rabbit & serve.

**If you would like to find the locations for both Columbus Meats & Big Lou’s Butcher Shop, please to go My Source List.

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