looks aren't everything

ok, i have tried to make the rillettes look pretty in a picture.

i said i tried. but boy is it yum. this recipe is a combination of a few i found, with added duck fat and the tea-soked prunes was from a pate recipe i saw somewhere.

rabbit rillettes

4 prunes
5 oz steaming hot tea
1 lb rabbit shoulder (a bony but cheap & flavourful cut)
3 oz rendered duck fat
a clove of garlic
2 bay leaves
a bouquet garni of parsley and rosemary
2 cups water
1 cup white wine
salt and pepper

pour the tea over the prunes and allow to soak for an hour.

put everything in a small covered braiser or casserole dish.

put in the oven for three hours at 300f.

take out of the oven, allow to cool to a reasonable temperature. remove the bouquet garni and bay leaves. pull the meat off the bones, discarding the bones. pull the meat into fine shreds (or pound in a mortar if you are so inclined), incorporating the cooking liquid. season to taste with salt and pepper. put in a small crock and chill overnight to let the flavours blend.

allow to come to room temperature before eating with fresh bread. i make a lazy person's baguette by using the classic new york times no-knead recipe, only instead of leaving it in a lump on the counter after the first 14-hour rise, roll it into two logs and put them in a baguette tray to rise. some time before sticking in the oven for about 25 minutes at 425F, cut a few slits in the top.

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