Rabbit in mustard is a very traditional Piemonte recipe. It combines local and poor ingredients with a smell of France. Originally used for special occasions could be now used as easy dinner ideas to stew rabbit.
Rabbit in mustard is an ancient recipe used for Sunday meals and special occasions. As it is prepared with very traditional and poor ingredients it could be considered one of the best Piemonte recipes
Rabbit, milk, butter, were some of the poor ingredients that was very common in almost every farmhouse. Rabbit meat was considered a poor one. This is because the rabbit is reproducing very quickly, easy to breed and cheap to feed. The edible part of the animal was not much compared to other animals and the meat was more compact and less soft than other. The culinary tradition of Piemonte is rich with dishes of rabbit.
For a long time rabbit has been misused, as for all the reason that in the past made it a poor meat. Today, indeed, we know that the rabbit meat is one of the better food choices in terms of nutrition, low in fat and by its nature does not retain antibiotics and medicines that are used industrially for its breeding.
The free richness that comes from the vegetable garden
Juniper berries, bay leaves, marjoram herbs were always present in any vegetable garden, large or small it was. marjoram, as well as lemon balm, thyme, mint and many others, was planted at the edge, close to the fence of the garden to ward off the weeds and in some cases even parasites. The laurel was a tree that was often in the courtyard, high and auspicious, full of leaves used in many dishes, including to boil chestnuts.
Juniper berries were picked in the woods, bringing the herds or flocks to pasture or transporting goods for the market, when it was still going to walk away with the cart along the dirt roads.
A bit of delicious wine
Our ancestors liked to add wine and spirits to preparations. the red or white wine, rum and many others are an integral part of many of the most typical of traditional dishes. Rabbit in mustard is not exception. In this case the wine serves to eliminate the flavor too strong of the rabbit. Let us remember that at that time, before the factory farms, rabbits tasted much stronger than today as it was considered almost a wild flavor.
A pinch of France
It’s not a secret that the Piedmontese and the French cuisines have been contaminated with each other for a long time over the centuries.
A definite element, outcome of this contamination, is the use of mustard for which France is famous.
The mustard powder helps to mitigate the wild flavors of the meat, and allows to blend the flavors also giving to dishes a nice and cheerful color. Rabbit in mustard Piemonte style seems to bring out all of these elements.