Wild rabbit with mushrooms

Wild rabbit with mushrooms

Lapin de Garenne aux champignons

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From the South of the Loire/Centre region by Philippe Mouchel

Wild rabbit abounds in the forested rural regions south of the Loire. In autumn and winter, rabbits feature on the table of many farm houses and the favourite accompaniment is wild mushrooms. I prepare this dish using field mushrooms mixed with a few Swiss browns and shiitake mushrooms.


Quantity Ingredient
1 wild rabbit, cut into 8 pieces
freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
60g butter
3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
3 shallots, diced
400g mixed mushrooms of your choice, quartered
150ml dry white wine
250ml strong veal stock or rabbit stock
1 sprig thyme
10 green peppercorns
1 tablespoon tarragon leaves


  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C.
  2. Season the rabbit pieces with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a cast-iron saucepan or casserole dish and brown the rabbit pieces on all sides. Add about a third of the butter to the pan, followed by the garlic, shallots, celery and about 10 of the quartered mushrooms. Stir well, cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the wine to the pan, bring to the boil and boil for 2 minutes. Add the stock, thyme and green peppercorns, cover with a lid and bake for about 2 hours, or until the rabbit is tender, stirring once or twice during the cooking.
  4. Fifteen minutes before you are ready to serve, heat another third of the butter in a frying pan. Add the remaining mushrooms and sauté until just tender. Set aside and keep warm.
  5. Transfer the rabbit pieces to a dish, and cover with foil to keep warm.
  6. Reduce the sauce by half, then stir in the remaining butter. Spoon the sauce and mushrooms over the rabbit pieces, garnish with tarragon leaves and serve.
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