Slow-cooked rabbit stew

Slow-cooked rabbit stew

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 10 mins

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Serves 4
This is a true taste of autumn, a big bowl of rich, dark, boozy rabbit casserole

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal607
  • fat21g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars31g
  • fibre4g
  • protein61g
  • salt1.12g
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  • 140g prune
  • 50ml brandy



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 2 rabbits, jointed
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 rashers smoked streaky bacon, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 carrots, chopped



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 onion, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 celery sticks, chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 thyme sprigs


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 150ml red wine, the best you can afford
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • chopped parsley and wild rice, to serve



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…


  1. Heat oven to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Put the prunes in a bowl with the brandy and brown sugar, stir, then set aside to soak.

  2. Dust the rabbit in the flour. Heat the oil in a large flameproof dish and brown the rabbit all over until golden – you may have to do this in batches. Set the rabbit aside. Add the bacon, vegetables, garlic and herbs to the dish and fry for 5 mins until starting to colour.

  3. Pour in the red wine and scrape all the goodness off the bottom of the dish. Add the chicken stock and put the rabbit back in the dish with the boozy prunes, then cover and cook for 2 hrs, stirring occasionally, until the rabbit is totally tender. Serve scattered with parsley and wild rice on the side.

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10th Apr, 2013
This recipe is delicious. I cooked for the first time with Sherry instead of brandy and it was great. Second time cooked with brandy, nice but the flavor was stronger. I am cooking it again but using Sherry. Yumm.
8th Feb, 2013
Oh and as well- served four hungry people with leftovers. More like five or six servings I think?
8th Feb, 2013
This was delicious! We had no prunes so used figs instead and it worked a treat. Also I upped the garlic to 2 cloves and used 2 bay leaves, and seasoned the flour with salt, pepper and dried thyme. The flavour wasn't too strong or anything- utterly delicious and tender. Will definitely come back to rabbit!
1st Jan, 2013
I made this last night for a special new years meal, neither me or my husband had eaten rabbit before but this was beautiful! We will be having this again!
31st Dec, 2012
Easy to make, great tasting recipe. Made it on Boxing Day. Re quantity, 2 rabbits feed 3-4 people, not 2! Will definitely cook again.
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30th Dec, 2012
Delicious, easy.. great for a relaxed winter evening!
29th Dec, 2012
This recipe is fantastic - it's easy to do, allows room for some experimentation and tastes absolutely delicious. The prunes-brandy mix gives a lovely sweet contrast to the game flavour. I left out the bacon and added a few more winter vegetables. It was so more-ish; we will definitely have this dish again.
22nd Dec, 2012
Can you tell me if this recipe will freeze ? Betty
16th Dec, 2012
Hmm, that was really delicious! I used celery root instead of celery sticks and left out the bacon (because, in my opinion, bacon does not go great with game). The prunes-brandy-brown sugar mixture is fantastic, and gives nice contrast to the hearty rabbit and winter vegetables. Highly recommended!
13th Nov, 2012
I was a bit worried about the prunes and sugar making this dish too sweet,but went ahead anyway.I'm glad I did,as the end product is just amazing - awesome taste,awesome smell and so easy!! Highly recommended if you've got some rabbit.Try it,you'll love it.


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