Rabbit is a beautifully lean and sustainable meat and this North African style spiced rabbit tagine is simple quick and wonderfully exotic.
Spiced Rabbit Tagine.
Rabbit has definitely fallen out of favour as a source of protein. Hopefully, this rabbit tagine recipe helps convince at least one of you to try it!
Once upon a time it was very popular and I am on a bit of ‘wild’ meat push at the moment. If this site does anything it represents what I eat. This spiced rabbit tagine is one of my favourite ways to cook with farmed rabbit.
Farmed rabbit is a little a more subtle in flavour and a little more tender than a wild rabbit. As a result of this, you can cook it a little quicker.
You do have to be careful as an overcooked rabbit is good to no one.
This rabbit tagine offers the perfect gentle way of cooking the meat. It almost steams in the juices from the peppers, onions and harissa.
Not only does it cook the rabbit gently but it also imparts a lovely flavour to the flesh.
Of course, I am aware that rabbit may not be the easiest of meats to get your hands on but it is definitely worth it. I also love the idea of introducing people to something new.
If just one person of the many thousands that read my recipes picks up on one of these ideas and says, ‘why not, I’ll give it a try’ I will be a really happy bunny. See what I did there?
I can even stretch my rabbit recipes to Spain with a very traditional paella recipe!
These meats are sustainable and fabulously tasty and as far as I am concerned they should be demystified. They are no more difficult to cook than beef, pork, chicken or lamb.
My rabbit tagine has been developed with a farmed rabbit in mind, wild rabbit is a gamier than farmed rabbit and can have a tendency to dry out really easily.
I would definitely not use wild rabbit for this dish so go visit your butcher and order yourself a farmed rabbit and put something new in your belly.
How to Cook Rabbit.
As you can tell from my rabbit recipes I very much favour longer slower cooking or steaming techniques for rabbit.
This is because the shoulder and leg cuts have a tendency towards drying out. Even more so with wild rabbit over farmed rabbit.
It should be cooked until the internal temperature after resting reaches 71°C.
If you are yearning for rabbit in a hurry you need to look for cuts of meat like the saddle or loin. As you may well imagine these cuts are small and require very precise cooking.
In general, a rabbit should be cooked on the bone to help protect against overcooking.
So no you are fully armed, off to the butchers you go!
Spiced Rabbit Tagine
- 1 Whole Farmed Rabbit Jointed ask your butcher to do this as it is much more difficult than a chicken
- 2 Tbsp Sumac
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 1 Large Onion Cut in half and then in to half moons about 175g
- 1 Small Red Pepper Cut into 5mm strips
- 2 Garlic Cloves Sliced
- 100 g Dried Apricots Cut in half
- 50 g Blanched Almonds
- 1 Tbsp Harissa Paste You can make it to your own recipe or buy store bought
- 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
- 1 Tsp Honey
- 100 g Cous Cous
- 125 ml Chicken Stock
- 20 g Butter Diced into 5mm dice
- Preheat your oven to 180° C.
- Mix a tablespoon of the olive oil with the sumac and massage into the rabbit and set aside.
- Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a frying pan with a lid that is oven proof and heat over a medium high heat, then add the onion and cinnamon stick and cook for 5 minutes.
- Then add the garlic and red pepper and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Stir in the cumin, Harissa paste and honey before adding the almonds and apricots along with 1/4 tsp salt and 50ml water, stir and place the jointed rabbit pieces on top.
- Then add the lid to the pan and place in the oven for 25 minutes, the idea is to steam the rabbit so make sure it is a tightly fitted lid.
- Pour the boiling chicken stock over the cous cous and allow to sit for 10 minutes.
- After the rabbit has been cooking for 15 minutes fork through the cous cous and dot with the butter, then cover with a lid and then place in the oven with the rabbit for the final 10 minutes of cooking.
- When ready to serve, take a quarter of the vegetable mix and stir through the cous cous, then plate with the remainder of the vegetables and the rabbit.