1 5/8 kg
( with bones, 3lbs 9oz)
pepper, freshly ground
onions, roughly chopped
bacon, thin slices, sliced into 3 cm pieces
( 1 1/5 inch pieces)
fresh thyme leaves
( if the single cream in your country works well in sauces, otherwise use cream)
3 -4 tablespoons
( to garnish)
- As indicated in the introduction I have doubled the sauce of the original recipe. You may therefore halve it if you are not as partial to sauce as I am.
- Preheat oven 180°C / 355°F / gas 2.
- Remove any visible fat from the rabbit meat. Rinse rabbit meat under cold water and drain well with kitchen paper.
- Brush pieces with mustard, but do not use too much of it, as it otherwise will burn during the frying process. Generously salt and pepper the meat.
- Fry the meat pieces in portions in hot olive oil in an oven-safe pot until they have a nice colour. Use more oil if necessary. Put browned meat aside.
- Fry onions and bacon in the pot you fried the rabbit for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with flour and stir. Add wine and stock and bring to a boil while you keep stirring. Add meat and thyme leaves.
- Cover with a lid and cook in the oven for 75-90 minutes or until tender. Remove pot from oven and put on stove. Add cream and 3 tablespoons of Dijon mustard. Mix and check if you want to add another tablespoon. Season to taste. Cook for a few minutes on the stove until the sauce is creamy.
- Serve on individual plates with mashed potatoes and vegetable of your choice. Garnish meat with thyme sprigs or thyme leaves.