Mr McGregor’s rabbit pie

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(5 ratings)

Prep: 45 mins Cook: 1 hr, 25 mins

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Serves 3
This shortcrust pie has a creamy leek, mustard, cider and fennel sauce. Serve with buttery radishes, baby carrots and peas

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal786
  • fat45g
  • saturates16g
  • carbs54g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre5g
  • protein32g
  • salt1.6g
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  • about 400g rabbit joints (or 250-300g diced rabbit meat)
  • 3 tbsp plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil is made from pressing sunflower seeds and extracting the oil. It's usually…

  • 1 small-ish leek, finely sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 tsp fennel seed
    Fennel seeds

    Fennel seeds

    feh-nell seeds

    A dried seed that comes from the fennel herb, fennel seeds look like cumin seeds, only greener,…

  • 150ml medium cider



    Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. Apple orchards were…

  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 4 tbsp double cream
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 sheet ready-rolled shortcrust pastry (all-butter has the best flavour) - if you don't want to lattice the top of your pie, just use ½ a sheet
  • 1 egg, beaten, for glazing



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

To serve

  • 140g baby carrot
  • 140g radish



    The root of a member of the mustard family, radishes have a peppery flavour and a crisp, crunchy…

  • 140g pea



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…

  • 25g butter, diced



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • few pinches of sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…


  1. Toss the rabbit joints (or diced meat) with half the flour and some seasoning. Heat half the oil in a flameproof casserole dish and brown the meat on all sides. Lift out the meat, add the remaining oil, the leek and fennel seeds, and fry gently until softened. Stir in the remaining flour until it has disappeared. Add the cider and scrape up any stuck bits on the dish as it comes to the boil, then add the stock, return the meat to the dish, and bring to a simmer.

  2. Cover and cook for 40-45 mins until the rabbit is really tender and falling from the bone. Lift out the meat and, while you’re shredding it from the bones in big chunks (if you’ve used joints), boil down the cooking liquid to about a third.

  3. Stir the cream and mustard into the liquid, taste for seasoning, then stir the rabbit back in. Spoon into a small pie dish or baking dish.

  4. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Stick a thin strip of pastry around the edge of the dish. Slice the remaining pastry into 2.5cm-wide strips with a floured knife, then weave into a tight lattice. Lift up carefully, using a rolling pin to help you, then stick on with a little beaten egg. Trim the edges to finish. Brush the top with more egg and bake for 25 mins until golden.

  5. Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add the carrots for 2 mins, then the radishes for 2 mins, followed by the peas for 1 min. Drain. When the pie is done, melt the butter in a small frying pan. Add the drained veg with the sugar, turn up the heat and fry to caramelise a little. Serve immediately alongside the pie.

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20th Oct, 2014
Not a huge success for me. I'd never cooked rabbit before (and probably won't again!) The meat (joints) needed 2 hours simmering time, at which point I gave up and cut it up anyway, despite it not falling off the bone. Too many little bones etc to pick out of the pie too as they got lost in the gravy! Shame- as those points aside it did have a nice taste.
21st Sep, 2014
Love this recipe I used 4 dressed wild medium bunnies, popped them in the slow cooker for 4 hours and then pulled the meat. Also added 4-6 rashers of quality smokey bacon, absolutely beautiful made a family pie, everyone can't wait to have it again.'s picture
25th May, 2014
Absolutely loved this! I made it because of the name, even though I'm always a bit nervous cooking rabbit because it's so easy to dry it out. But this was moist and delicious! The balance of flavours was perfect too. Definitely worth the time it took to make it. The only changes I made were to make my own pastry, and to cut the simmering time from 45 minutes to 20 minutes.
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24th Apr, 2014
Great dish.Though never have chance to eat it ,still love it.
25th May, 2016
How long should the rabbit be cooked for if using diced meat without bones?
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