Bittersweet Rabbit Recipe

A rediscovered, traditional, easy way to stew rabbit. This is a delicious sweet and sour rabbit recipe. Taste it with a Northern Italian red wine like Barbera.

A rediscovered, traditional, easy way to stew rabbit. This is a bittersweet rabbit recipe. Taste it with a Northern Italian red wine like Barbera.

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An Ancient and Innovative Way to Taste Rabbit

Bittersweet rabbit is one of the traditional Piemontese and Italian recipes I love the most. It combines many flavors so different from each other. Cocoa, cinnamon, onion, vinegar, red wine, cloves, juniper berries, amaretti biscuits. They hug each other, abandoning their uniqueness to become a new indefinable flavor that literally upsets the understanding of rabbit stew. It is traditional and innovative at the same time. You can smell the tastes of Piemonte, the work in the fields of Roero, the vineyards of the Langhe, the scent of the kitchens of grandmothers and that of bakeries. They all mixed toghether. You can take a piece of Piemonte in your home, to share with your friends.

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Bittersweet Rabbit

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 6

Bittersweet Rabbit

This is one of the traditional Piemontese and Italian recipes I love the most. It combines many flavors so different from each other. Cocoa, cinnamon, onion, vinegar, red wine, cloves, juniper berries, amaretti biscuits. They hug each other, abandoning their uniqueness to become a new indefinable flavor that literally upsets the understanding of rabbit stew. It is traditional and innovative at the same time.

Ingredients

  • 1 rabbit in pieces
  • For the Sautéed
  • 3 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 sprig of rosemary (or 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary)
  • For Stewing the Rabbit
  • 13 fl. oz. of red wine Barbera (still not sparkling)
  • 1/2 cup red or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 cloves
  • 3 juniper berries
  • 1 tip of teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • For the Sweet Guarnishing
  • 5 amaretti biscuits
  • 12 cipollini onions

Instructions

  1. Cut the rabbit into pieces and wash it with water
  2. Put in a large frying pan with oil, rosemary and garlic cloves and let them warm up, without frying and without letting the garlic darken
  3. When the oil is hot enough and took the scents of rosemary and garlic in the pan add the rabbit pieces evenly cook stirring occasionally
  4. Remove the pieces of rabbit from the pan and place them in another large pan, such as a wok or another large saucepan
  5. Measure out the red wine and the vinegar
  6. Pour all the ingredient for stewing the rabbit: cocoa, sugar, cloves, juniper berries, nutmeg, cinnamon, wine, vinegar, and salt
  7. Let simmer slowly, covered, over moderate heat for about an hour
  8. Then remove the rabbit pieces and place in a dish, I usually use a ceramic or pyrex pan, keep warm in a preheated oven at 50 degrees
  9. Sieve the cooking liquid, the sauce, of the rabbit and pour it in a pan (the same cooking will be fine, if you prefer you can use another one pan)
  10. Crush amaretti biscuits and add them to the sauce of the rabbit
  11. Wash the cipollini onions and add to the sauce of the rabbit
  12. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 10 minutes over medium/low heat
  13. When the cipollini onions are cooked add them to the dish in one of these two ways: accommodate the onions over the rabbit and pour the cooking liquid, or, if you used a serving dish not a ceramic pan, arrange the onions around the rabbit and pour the gravy cooking over the rabbit pieces.
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Pears Baked in Red Barolo Wine

Pears Baked in Red Barolo Wine @milkhoneyandrum.com

Pears Baked in Red Barolo Wine @milkhoneyandrum.com

When the Barolo wine was not yet famous and the families were poor it was a diffuse practice to use the whole fruit also the most humble .
Pears and apples of old fruit trees that give fruits hard and dry where harvested and it was habits went into the woods to gather the wild . The mothers and grandmothers spent hours to prepare delicious meals with these fruits, often cooked for long time in wood stoves, which in Piedmont are called “putagè”.
But this recipe has another great aspect, it is not only delicious but, unlike what you may think about traditional dishes, has a very fast and simple preparation. You just need to pour all the ingredient in a pan
The recipe is originally called ” Martin sec” in Piedmontese and we prepare it as a dessert at the end of autumn dishes like “Piedmontese mixed fried” or the famous “Bagna cauda”.

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In order to prepare “Martin Sec” or pears baked in red barolo wine we use two special types of pear widespread in the Alps: the so called martin sec from which the recipe is named and the Madernassa pears. Both these cultivar are small and hard, impossible to eat raw, but delicious when cooked.

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You can prepare the pears baked in red barolo wine using Anjou, French butter or Bosc pears.
If it is difficult to find Barolo it is possible to use a Nebbiolo or other red wines that have a similar structure such as the Australian Shiraz or Pinot Noir.
Pears baked in red barolo wine have a pure & simple taste, aromatic and traditional. The house will be filled with the scent of Barolo and cloves.

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I’m sure you will love the flavor of pears baked in red barolo wine.

Pears Baked in Red Barolo Wine

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 5

Pears Baked in Red Barolo Wine

Ingredients

  • 10 pears Martin sec or Madernassa or another variety suitable for cooking
  • 16 fl.oz. Barolo wine (or Nebbiolo, or another wine with a similar structure like Pinot noir)
  • 10 oz. sugar
  • 2 cloves

Instructions

  1. Carefully wash the pears with water, taking care not to break the stem
  2. Arrange the pears in a baking pan
  3. Pour the wine
  4. Pour the sugar and add the 2 cloves
  5. Put in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for an hour so that the pears cook and wine and sugar form a a sauce scented with cloves
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Pears Baked in Red Barolo Wine