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Rabbit civet "à la normande"


Rabbit civet "à la normande"
In French cooking, "à la normande" means there are apples involved, as Normandy is famous for them. In this twist on the classic civet, the rabbit meat is cooked on the bone in cider, after marinating overnight.

The sauce is made at the end with the cooking juices and cream.
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Last modified on: March 26th 2017

For 6 people, you will need:

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PreparationCookingStart to finish
12 hours 33 min.2 hours 30 min.15 hours 3 min.
Keeping:
Several days in the fridge, covered with plastic film. Reheats very well..
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 10 min.
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Prepare the marinade

Peel 1 carrot and slice into rounds.

Prepare and chop 1 onion.

Set aside.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
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Have your butcher joint 1 kg 500 g rabbit meat for you.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
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Take a large bowl and add the carrot, onion, 2 bayleaves and 1 Bouquet garni. Lay the pieces of rabbit on top, then pour in 1 litre cider.

Stage 4 - 12 hours
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Cover with plastic film and refrigerate overnight.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
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Cook the meat

Next day, drain the pices of rabbit and keep the marinade for later.

Stage 6 - 15 min.
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Pour 30 g olive oil into a large casserole or saucepan on high heat. When hot, fry the pieces of meat until browned on all sides.

Stage 7
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It is much easier to do this in batches.

Stage 8
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Return all the pieces of rabbit to the pan and turn the heat down a little.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
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Dust the meat with 2 tablespoons flour...

Stage 10 - 5 min.
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...and stir well until evenly fried.

Stage 11 - 2 min.
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Pour the marinade (and all it contains) into the casserole, then salt and pepper.

Stage 12
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Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to its lowest setting. Cover...

Stage 13 - 2 hours
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...and leave to simmer for about 2 hours.

Please note: the cooking should be long and slow, but this can be done in the oven, at 300°F (150°C), just as well as on the hob.

Stage 14 - 5 min.
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Meanwhile, fry 200 g small pieces of smoked bacon in a frying pan with no added fat.

Set aside.

Stage 15 - 10 min.
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Peel 300 g mushrooms and cut into chunks.

Stage 16 - 5 min.
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Sauté the mushrooms in the frying pan used for the bacon, using the fat left.

Stage 17
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After cooking for 2 hours, remove all the pieces of meat from the casserole.

Stage 18 - 2 min.
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Prepare the sauce

Strain the liquid from the casserole through a sieve. DIscard everything strained out and keep just the liquid.

Stage 19
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Pour the cooking liquid back ito the casserole, add 250 ml liquid cream, salt and pepper, then check the seasoning.

Bring back to the boil.

Stage 20
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From here on, there are 2 possible methods:

- Either leave the sauce uncovered to thicken on low heat for about 1 hour,

- Or use a whisk to incorporate 2 tablespoons cornflour mixed with 3 tablespoons water (cold) to thicken the sauce quickly.

Stage 21
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Finish the civet

In both cases, once the sauce has thickened sufficiently, return the pieces of rabbit to the sauce, along with the bacon and mushrooms, until ready to serve.

Stage 22
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Your rabbit civet à la normande is ready. You can serve this with any accompaniment you like: mashed potato (shown here), pasta, rice, vegetables...

Remarks

For the cider, opt for a dry farmhouse type. You can use a perry instead (made with pears instead of apples), as this will also give a really good flavour.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Note : These prices are only approximate

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And to drink?: The same cider (or perry) as you have used for the marinade and cooking.

Source

Home made.

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