Total Time
Prep 25 mins
Cook 25 mins

This is in response to a request from Gerry Sans Sanddunes for Conejo Aioli. Like most rabbit dishes, you can substitute chicken--but try the rabbit. The honey adds a wonderful layer of taste, but the dish works well without it.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the aioli (mayonnaise).
  2. Mash the garlic and the 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt into a paste.
  3. Scrape garlic paste into a blender or processor.
  4. Add yolks, lemon juice, mustard and one tablespoon of minced thyme.
  5. Blend on medium speed and drizzle in one cup of extra virgin olive oil.
  6. If you are making this ahead of time, transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate.
  7. For the Rabbit:.
  8. Trim rabbit of all visible fat and cut into smallish (1 1/2" to 2") pieces, chopping off any protruding bone.
  9. Heat tablespoon of oil and tablespoon of butter in skillet or shallow casserole.
  10. Note: Whatever you use for the stove top should also be able to be placed under the broiler.
  11. Season the rabbit pieces with salt and pepper and sprinkle with remaining thyme.
  12. Add to skillet with bay leaf and saute over medium heat for seven to ten minutes.
  13. Preheat Broiler.
  14. Turn the rabbit, add the boiled onions, and saute another 7 to 10 minutes.
  15. Reserve about a third of the mayonnaise.
  16. Into the remaining mayonnaise, stir the honey, blending well.
  17. If the mixture is too thick, add a little warm water so that the aioli is a thick sauce.
  18. Ladle the honey aioli over the rabbit and onions.
  19. Place under broiler for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden.
  20. Serve the extra aioli on the side and make sure you have good crusty bread.


Most Helpful

This was really excellent. I had brought a nice, big, free-range rabbit back from the village and this was the perfect new recipe to try. My pieces were bigger than Chef Kate recommends, I basically cut the rabbit into 10 pieces, so I cooked them slightly longer than the recipe called for. The aiolli sauce is superb - the honey just barely imparting a sweetness. If you like rabbit, this is a must-try recipe.

evelyn/athens September 07, 2005

CHEF KATE ... thank you. I have been looking for a great Conejo Aioli recipe for years. Did it with chicken breast this time (and without the pearl onions) as neither bunny nor pearls were in the fridge. One forkfull and I was back on the Island of Ibiza. Bliss! Gracias Senora.

Gerry sans Sanddunes February 15, 2005

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