A hearty stew is just what we need now that the weather is cooling. Maltese DMC Colours of Malta has shared its recipe for Rabbit Stew – a dish the team says pairs perfectly with a snuggly Netflix session and a nice glass of red.

Ingredients

  • 1 rabbit, (approx 1.5kg, cut in small portions)
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 5 large tomatoes
  • 2 tsp kunserva (tomato paste)
  • 5 potatoes – peeled and quartered
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 200 g peas (fresh or canned)
  • 6 bay leaves
  • Pinch mixed herbs
  • Freshly ground pepper & Salt to season
  • 500ml red wine
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Method

  1. Marinate the rabbit overnight in the red wine (marinade to include the garlic, garlic, salt & pepper)
  2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil, and add the rabbit until slightly brown.
  3. Add the onions, carrots, potatoes and the tomatoes, and pour half of the marinade on the ingredients.
  4. Bring to boil on a high flame for about 15 minutes
  5. Add the remaining wine, peas, bay leaves, kidney and liver and simmer on low heat for about 2 hours, stir occasionally and add some more wine if the sauce begins to dry up.

Cooking variations – you can choose to make the rabbit stew to look more brown by reducing the amount of tomatoes and tomato paste (conserve) use, I personally prefer the rabbit stew to have very little tomato paste even if it is served with spaghetti.

Spaghetti with rabbit sauce as a starter…
Boil some spaghetti (leave al dente) Cover with some sauce from the rabbit stew, do not add any rabbit pieces if you are serving rabbit stew as a main course, but you can add some of the rabbit liver to the sauce serving. Finely grated Parmesan cheese can be added on top.

Difficulty: Medium