Rabbit casserole with apple, cider and tarragon

This wild rabbit casserole recipe from Louise Robinson will transport you to the countryside of Normandy. Cider and apples are used to give some sweetness to the dish, cannellini beans soak up the cooking juices from the rabbit, and fragrant tarragon cuts provides the rabbit with a fresh aniseed fragrance.

First published in 2018
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Rabbit casserole with apple, cider and tarragon

Method

1
Soak the beans overnight in cold unsalted water. The next day, drain and rinse the beans. Place in a large saucepan with plenty of cold unsalted water and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the beans are cooked through. Drain and transfer to a large flameproof casserole
2
Preheat the oven to 190°C/ gas mark 5
3
Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a large frying pan and set over a medium heat. Fry the bacon for 5 minutes, until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to the casserole pan
4
Lower the heat and add a little more oil to the frying pan. Add the shallots, gently fry for 5 minutes, then add the diced apple. Cook for another 5 minutes then transfer to the casserole pan
  • 2 apples, dessert (e.g. Braeburn), peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 large shallots, peeled and finely chopped
5
Place the flour in a freezer bag and season well with salt and pepper. Add the rabbit pieces and shake the bag to coat the pieces evenly
6
Add another tablespoon of oil to the frying pan and fry the rabbit pieces in batches until browned on both sides. Add to the casserole pan
7
Deglaze the frying pan with 100ml of the cider, scraping any bits away from the base of the frying pan. Transfer to the casserole pan
8
Pour the remaining cider into the casserole pan and stir in half of the chopped tarragon, along with the bay leaf. Place the casserole over a medium heat and bring to a simmer
9
Cover the pan and place in the oven. Cook for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender. Check the seasoning, sprinkle with the rest of the tarragon and serve

Louise Robinson is a former fashion accessories designer turned freelance food writer, stylist and photographer now based in the Sussex countryside.

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