Rabbit Stew

Yesterday, Jon suggested we go ferreting and as the sun was shining for the first time in weeks I jumped at the chance.

First, we have to wake the ferrets up. (BTW Stinker, the ‘fret on the left, is yawning not trying to sever my arm) Stinker was left behind on this trip, we took his two concubines Ginger & Boo instead.

We used a couple of long nets which saved a lot of time blocking off individual rabbit holes. Afterall we weren’t looking to clear a hedge of bunnies, just catch one for tea.

SassyCat decided she would help us in our hunt for a rabbit. Ahem. She was rubbish and let a HUGE one bound right past her.

Within half an hour we’d caught a decent sized female, paunched & skinned her and were off home.


The following is my variation on Hughs recipe from the River Cottage Everyday cookbook for Rabbit Stew with Tomatoes.

  • 1 wild rabbit, jointed
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 4 chopped rashers of smoked bacon
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 6 large shallots
  • A few black peppercorns
  • A couple of sprigs of rosemary
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 can of tomatoes
  • good glug of white wine
  • chicken stock

Heat the oil in a large heavy frying pan. When hot add the bacon and brown, then the rabit pieces and brown all over. Move them into slow cooker or casserole dish and brown the carrots and shallots too.

Pour this and all the other ingredients into the crock pot and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6 – 8 hours.

Verdict; A truly tasty meal with real depth of flavour. Once again the meat was divine!

Out of 10; 9/10


About HedgeComber

A Field-to-Fork food blogger based on a small farm in Cornwall, UK.
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6 Responses to Rabbit Stew

  1. lizzyo22 says:

    Not even broken the back of January and you’ve completed one of your New Year Resolutions already! Hoorah!

  2. HedgeComber says:

    Ha! Make that 2!!! I have just returned from a willow work class – get me!

  3. Greg Mabrey says:

    Thank you for a really great rabbit recipe. Now, I have to find the time to go out and find a rabbit. I have never used a ferret for hunting, but it would have to be fun.

    • HedgeComber says:

      Hi Greg, thanks for dropping by – Ferreting is really good fun and they are such wonderful critters to have around.
      Enjoy your bunny when you do find one and let us know what you think of it!

  4. penny says:

    Was just thinking about rabbits the other day. Why don’t they sell them in the butchers/shops any more? There’s plenty of them around.

    • HedgeComber says:

      I guess no one asks for them these days Penny – any independent butcher would be able to source them easily if you wanted to ask. Do let us know if you have any success!

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