Beer braised wild rabbit
If you’re a lover of meat, then you’ll know full-well just how delicious wild game can be. Game meat has a very distinct, unique, and unmistakable flavour and if cooked the right way, it will taste absolutely superb. Game meats such as Rabbit, Bear, Bore, Pheasant, Venison, Duck, Goose, Pigeon, and many more, are often found roaming in the wild, out in more rural areas. The various animals are sometimes hunted for sport, but more often than not, they’re used solely for creating delicious recipes instead. Here’s a delicious beer braised rabbit recipe to sink your teeth into.
Beer-braised crock pot rabbit
This wild rabbit recipe is absolutely delicious and satisfying, especially served during a cold winter’s day. It really warms the body and the soul. You can also substitute the rabbit for another game meat, Pheasant works especially well.
- 2 lbs diced wild rabbit
- 2 tablespoons of oil
- 1 roughly chopped medium sized onion
- 3 peeled and halved small potatoes
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 diced garlic clove
- Half a cup of meat or vegetable stock or broth
- 1 tablespoon of brown or Demerara sugar
- Quarter of a cup of chilli sauce
- 1 can of good quality beer or ale
- A third of a cup of cold water
- A teaspoon of salt
- Black pepper to season
- 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
- 3 tablespoons of flour
- Chopped parsley to garnish
- 1 stick of roughly chopped celery
1. Take a frying pan, add your oil, add your diced rabbit meat, and season with salt and pepper.
2. Brown the meat on all sides before removing with a slotted spoon, and placing into your crock pot.
3. In the same pan that you browned your meat, add your potatoes, carrots, onion, garlic, and chopped celery, and gently sauté over a medium heat for a few minutes until soft.
4. When soft, place into your crock pot with your wild rabbit.
5. In a separate bowl, combine your beer, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, a little water, and chilli sauce and pour over your rabbit and vegetable mixture.
6. Give everything a good mix and ensure that the mixture coats everything, and if a little dry, top up with a little more water.
7. Place the lid on your pot and heat over a medium heat for 2 ½ – 3 hours.
8. After this time has passed, carefully remove your meat and vegetables, and set them to one side.
9. Take your remaining cooking liquid, transfer to a saucepan, add your stock or broth, and gently heat the liquid.
10. Place your meat and vegetables back into your crock pot, and stir in your tomato puree.
11. Combine your flour with 1/3 of a cup of water, and mix together until a lump-less paste has formed.
12. Stir the paste into your liquid and continue to gently heat for a further 2 minutes.
13. The liquid should now have thickened and should now resemble a gravy.
14. Pour your gravy mixture over your rabbit and vegetables, give everything a good stir, and sprinkle with your chopped Parsley.
15. Serve with some floury mashed potatoes, and some spring greens.