Wild rabbit and oyster mushroom soup

Wild rabbit and oyster mushroom soup

By
From
Hix Oyster & Chop House
Serves
4-6
Photographer
Jason Lowe

Rabbits are cheap and plentiful and so are oyster mushrooms, in fact both ingredients are free if you happen to be a hunter-gatherer. If not, then a rabbit will cost you a few quid and you can save the saddle fillets for a salad or other dish.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 wild rabbit
1 small leek, trimmed, roughly chopped and washed
1 small onion, peeled and roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
10 black peppercorns
2 litres chicken stock
salt
freshly ground black pepper
60g butter
50g plain flour
120g oyster mushrooms, cleaned
2-3 tablespoons double cream
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped

Method

  1. Remove the fillets from the saddle of the rabbit (save them for another dish). Cut off the legs and half them at the joint, chopping through the bones.
  2. Place the rabbit, leek, onion, garlic, herbs and peppercorns in a large saucepan. Pour in the chicken stock, season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil, then skim off any scum from the surface. Simmer for an hour, skimming every so often. If the leg meat is tender, remove and put to one side, otherwise leave in the pan.
  3. Melt the butter in a small saucepan, stir in the flour and stir over a low heat for 20 seconds. Whisk this flour and butter paste into the simmering stock in small pieces. Continue to simmer gently, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain the soup through a fine-meshed sieve into a clean pan. Cut the oyster mushrooms into even-sized chunks, add them to the soup and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, strip the rabbit meat from the bones in bite-sized pieces and add to the soup with the cream and chopped parsley. Re-season if necessary before serving in warmed soup plates or bowls.
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Hix Oyster & Chop House
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