Rolled Burrawong farm rabbit with smoky bacon, creamed spinach and roasted celeriac recipe
- Cuisine: Modern Australian
- Prep Time: 1 hr(s)
- Cook Time: 35 min(s)
- Serves 6 (as an entrée)
The inspiration for this dish comes from a head chef I used to work for in Brisbane. We are still good friends and hope to work together again one day. I wanted to utilise the great rabbits available in northern NSW, as well as bacon that I get from my local butcher, who does amazing smoked pork bellies.
Wine match Dal Zotto Sangiovese 2009, King Valley, Vic
Although there are some quite strong flavours in this dish, they are cooked very sensitively so that the end result is a mixture of characterful highlights that build around the core ingredient — the beautiful Burrawong farm rabbit. With the veal sauce, gamy rabbit and smoky bacon, we need a red wine that won’t overpower these flavours, but will support them and offer some acid to cope with the richness and some tannin to match the protein content. It would be important not to reach for a big, oaky red in this situation as this would crowd out the rabbit. I’d lean towards something medium-bodied, with a light but upright tannin and acid structure; something like Barbera or Sangiovese. Italian varieties planted in Australia have a wonderful food-friendliness to them, so you can experiment in this area to your heart’s content.
Ingredients15 slices smoked streaky (belly) bacon, 1.5mm thick
1 rabbit (approx. 1.5 kg), deboned in one piece, back legs deboned, separated into individual muscles
2 garlic cloves, lightly roasted
1 bunch thyme
Salt and pepper
Rabbit bones (leftover from deboning)
2L veal stock
½ bunch thyme
1 celeriac, peeled, diced into 1cm cubes
500g baby spinach
1L cream, reduced to 300ml
PreparationPreheat the oven to 180°C.
On a large bench, roll out three pieces of heavy duty cling wrap about 70cm long. In the middle of the cling wrap, lay out the slices of bacon with all pieces overlapping about ½cm.
Lay the deboned rabbit out flat, and place the leg meat evenly around the loins. Rub one clove of roasted garlic around the meat, sprinkle with half a teaspoon of thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper. Roll the rabbit into a log shape and place in the middle of the bacon slices. Use the cling wrap to help fold the bacon around the rabbit. Roll into a log and tie the cling wrap tightly at each end.
Place into a pot of lightly simmering water for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes remove and place into ice water to cool.
To make the sauce, roast the rabbit bones at 180°C with a dash of olive oil for about 10-15 minutes. Remove and place in a large pot with the veal stock and thyme. Boil and reduce until it is a sauce consistency. Strain through a fine sieve and set aside.
To roast the celeriac, preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat the butter and about 20ml of oil in a heavy-based pan. Add the celeriac, and then place in the oven for 20 minutes or until tender.
For the creamed spinach, blanch the spinach in rapidly boiling salted water for about 10 seconds. Remove and refresh in ice water. Take the spinach out and squeeze out all the excess water. Blend with the remaining clove of roasted garlic and slowly pour in the reduced cream until smooth and well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
Take the rabbit out of the iced water and portion into 6 even rounds (don’t forget to remove all the plastic).
Heat 10ml of oil in another heavy-based small pan. Place the rabbit in the pan and sear on one side. Turn over and place in the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until the rabbit is just cooked through.
To serve, place a good spoonful of creamed spinach onto the plate. On top of that add 6-8 pieces of celeriac, then the seared rabbit. Coat with a good spoonful of sauce.
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