Rabbit, Tomato and Rosemary Casserole with Parmesan Polenta

Ingredients

This recipe serves 4 people. 

Method

Place heavy based frying pan on a medium heat, add some vegetable oil. Season the rabbit pieces and add to frying pan and sauté until golden brown (approx. four to five minutes). Take the rabbit out and set to one side.

Sauté the diced onion, carrot, celery, leek and garlic for two to three minutes, in same pan - add the bay leaf, sprigs of rosemary, tomatoes and tomato paste and continue to sauté for a further two minutes.

Add rabbit pieces back into pan with these vegetables and then add in chicken stock, and white wine.  Cover with lid and braise in oven for one hour and forty minutes at 160 degrees or until rabbit is tender.

To make the polenta – bring chicken stock to the boil, whisk in the Polenta and cook for fifteen minutes on a low heat.  When ready to serve whisk in the butter, parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.

To plate – spoon some of the soft Polenta into the centre of a large bowl, arrange two to three pieces of the rabbit on top, spoon over some of the veg and sauce.  Finish the dish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Chef's tips

Ask your butcher to joint the rabbit into pieces for you.

This dish also works well with chicken thighs.

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