I have been VERY lazy on posting these. A BIG thank you to Geeq Shuq (and Mrs. Geeq) for being the burr in my blogging saddle. Thank you for caring my friends. It was great having my sister come in on this one. She brought some rabbit (my first time having rabbit both on the show and in general) and it was delicious. Looking forward to having her on the show again soon.
MAIN: Rabbit in mustard sauce
SIDES: Mushroom and Herb Polenta and Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Thyme
PARING: 2013 Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva
Rabbit in mustard sauce
•2 rabbits (about 2 1⁄2 lbs. each), each cut into 6 to 8 pieces
•Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
•1⁄2 lb. pancetta or unsmoked bacon, cut into 1⁄4″-thick strips
•1 1⁄2 cups crème fraîche
•3⁄4 cup Dijon mustard
•2 tbsp. roughly chopped fresh thyme
•2 tbsp. roughly chopped fresh sage
•2 tsp. black or yellow mustard seeds, crushed
•8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
•4 bay leaves
•Season rabbit generously with salt and pepper and place in a large bowl along with remaining ingredients. Mix together with your hands until rabbit pieces are coated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let marinate at room temperature for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator.
•If rabbit has been chilled, allow it to come to room temperature. Heat oven to 400° and arrange a rack in the middle of oven. Divide rabbit in a single layer between 2 shallow roasting pans and top with any of the remaining marinade. Roast the rabbit, turning once and basting with pan juices occasionally, until the juices have reduced and rabbit is cooked through, about 55 minutes. Set oven to broil and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes more. Serve rabbit with pan juices.
Mushroom and herb polenta
4 tbsp olive oil
1 cup mixed mushrooms, very large ones halved
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
polenta (read instructions for stock quantities)
1.5 cups Parmesan, grated
4-8oz cream cheese
1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
salt and black pepper
Heat up half the olive oil in a large frying pan. Once hot, add half of the mushrooms and fry for a few minutes, or until just cooked; try not to move them much so you get golden-brown patches on their surface. Remove from the pan, and repeat with the rest of the mushrooms and oil. Off the heat, return all the mushrooms to the pan and add the garlic, tarragon, thyme, truffle oil and some salt and pepper. Keep warm.
Bring the stock to the boil in a saucepan. Slowly stir in the polenta, then reduce the heat to the minimum and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. The polenta is ready when it leaves the sides of the pan but is still runny.
Roasted rainbow carrots with Thyme
2 pounds rainbow carrots with tops
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon garlic salt (or regular sea salt)
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh thyme sprigs given a rough chop
Peel carrots and remove stalks. Place in rippin’ hot cast iron with olive oil and brown. Add thyme, salt and pepper to taste and set in over (set at 200°F) to hold temp until service.