Check out this week’s recipe from Gourmet Gone Wild for some delightful chicken fried rabbit!
Enjoy this fresh take on a classic by serving your chicken fried rabbits with a semolina corn cake, candied bacon and pickled watermelon rinds.
Total Time: 1.5 hours
2 CUPS buttermilk
2 CUPS all-purpose flour
1 TSP paprika
½ TSP mustard powder
½ TSP onion powder
½ TSP garlic powder
4 Rabbit hindquarters, about 8 OZ each
Oil for frying
1 Jar of pickled watermelon rind, available at most supermarkets
Chicken Fried Rabbit:
- Pour the buttermilk into a bowl big enough to hold all four pieces of rabbit. Soak the rabbit in buttermilk for about 30 minutes.
- In another large bowl, combine the flour with paprika, mustard powder, onion and garlic powders. Season with salt.
- Remove the rabbit from the buttermilk and give it a shake to remove any excess buttermilk. Toss the rabbit well in the seasoned flour, making sure to completely cover the meat.
- Pour oil to the depth of 1 inch in a large sauté pan and heat to 350°F over medium-high heat. A thermometer is really helpful for monitoring the oil’s temperature.
- Using tongs, carefully drop the rabbit pieces into the oil. Fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.
- Using a slotted spoon or tongs, transfer the rabbit from the pan to a plate lined with paper towels. To finish, give the rabbit a nice squeeze of lemon juice.
Semolina Corn Cake:
- Bring the water, milk and salt to a boil. Slowly whisk in the polenta, turn heat to low and continue to whisk for about 5 minutes or until polenta is smooth and creamy. Spread the polenta in a 9×9 baking dish and set aside to cool.
- While the polenta is setting up, add the butter and olive oil to a skillet set over medium-low heat. Add the onions and a sprinkle of kosher salt and cook, stirring occasionally until soft and golden. About 20-25 minutes.
- After the polenta has cooled, pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet set over medium heat. Using a 3-inch round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut circles out of the firm polenta and place in the heated skillet.
- Cook until slightly browned and crusty on one side, about 2 minutes. Then flip over and cook the other side another two minutes.
- To assemble cakes, place on a plate and add a tablespoon of caramelized onions to each cake and top with about a teaspoon of goat cheese. Drizzle with honey.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Lightly spray a cooking rack with the olive oil spray.
- Place brown sugar in a bowl and evenly coat bacon with brown sugar on both sides.
- Lay bacon on cooking rack and place the cooking sheet under it. Sprinkle additional sugar on top of the bacon.
- Cook in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until just crisp. Let cool and enjoy!
Place the polenta cakes on the center of the plate. Add a tablespoon of caramelized onions to each and top with goat cheese, a drizzle of honey, a couple of pieces of watermelon rind, one hind-quarter of rabbit on the side of the polenta cake, and top with a slice of candied bacon. This meal pairs great with white and red wines, specifically, Chardonnay, Riesling, Viognier and merlot, pinot noir and Zinfandel.
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