I get a subscription to “Simply Recipes”  and have found several very excellent recipes on this website from time to time. The Cooking Guide to which I belong had a whole thing on cooking rabbit. While I couldn’t attend that particular meeting, I did try one of Sherri Hyder’s period recipes and made one my grandmother used to make.  Today I opened my email from Simply Recipes and lo and behold another rabbit recipe which sounded oh so interesting. I went to Earth Fare and splurged on another Bugs  Bunny and made this recipe tonight (just got done). WELLLLLLLLLLL, let me tell you, it was marvelieu.

The French know how to do things in the kitchen; no doubt about it. They can turn pure gar-bage into something magnificent. Let’s face it, who would have ever thought to eat rotten, mouldy cheese or fungi growing under the ground that pigs can root up.

Anway, the recipe is Braised Rabbit with Prunes and as I’m a junior Senior Citizen of sorts, I thought it was fitting. Thing is that you can make this with chicken and it will probably be just as good.

The recipe is from a lady named Elise and I even borrowed her picture as it was so pretty (I hope she doens’t mind!) . It’s step by step instructions- easy!


  • One 3 to 3 1/2 pound rabbit, cut into six to eight serving parts
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Pepper
  • 3-4 large shallots, sliced, about 1 cup
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine (or chicken stock with a tablespoon of vinegar)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 7 ounces (200 grams) pitted prunes (dried plums)
  • Several sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 rabbit liver (optional, should be sold with the rabbit)
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar (optional) ( I used champagne vinegar but apple cider vinegar would be great- don’t leave it out as it gives a certain tang to the dish)



1 Heat 3 Tbsp olive oil in a large thick-bottomed Dutch oven (I used a 5 quart) on medium-high heat.  Add a tablespoon of butter.  Pat dry the rabbit pieces, sprinkle all over with salt, and working in batches, brown on all sides in the pan.


2 Remove the rabbit pieces from the pan.  Add the sliced shallots, reduce the heat to medium, and cook for 2 minutes.  Add the minced garlic clove and cook for 30 seconds more.  Add the white wine and increase the heat to high.  Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.  Let the wine boil, until reduced by at least a half.


3 Lower the heat to the lowest setting (you may want to move the pot to the smallest burner on your stove).  Arrange the rabbit pieces, prunes, thyme, and bay leaf in the pan. Cover tightly and let cook for 45 minutes. (Cooking time assumes you are starting with a rabbit that has been brought to near room temp before cooking. If you are using a rabbit straight from the fridge, it may take a few more minutes to cook through. Also, if you keep lifting up the lid to check on the rabbit, it will increase the needed cooking time.)

4 After the rabbit is cooked through, if you want, you can intensify the flavor of the sauce using the rabbit’s liver.  The liver should have been included with the rabbit from your butcher, just like whole chickens come with the giblets. (Don’t worry, the liver won’t make your dish taste like liver.  You can even try just a little amount to taste to make sure.  The liver acts as a “liaison”, thickening the sauce and making it richer.) Purée the rabbit liver with 1 Tbsp of vinegar (I used wine vinegar, but cider or white vinegar will do).  Remove the rabbit pieces, prunes, thyme sprigs, and bay leaf from the pot (discard thyme and bay leaves) to a serving dish.  Whisk the puréed liver vinegar mixture into the sauce in the pot and cook for another 10 minutes.  (If the sauce is still too thin, you can thicken further with corn starch or flour.) Then drizzle the sauce over and around the rabbit and prunes.

Great served over egg noodles.

Yield: Serves 4.