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    Sardinian Hare Stew


    • 1-2 hares or rabbits
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 cup chopped parsley, plus another 1/4 cup for garnish
    • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • 1/4 cup capers
    • Large pinch saffron
    • 1 cup warm water, to bloom saffron
    • 1/4 cup high-quality red wine vinegar
    • Salt


    • Prep: 20 min
    • Cook: 2 hours
    • Serves: 4-6

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    1. Salt the hare or rabbit pieces well and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes.
    2. Get the olive oil hot over medium-high heat in a large pot or Dutch oven. Pat the hare pieces dry and brown well in the pot. You might need to turn the heat down to medium. Do it in batches and take your time. Place the browned pieces in a bowl while you do the others. This could take 30 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, chop half the capers. Get your tap water running as hot as it will go and fill a cup measure. Crush the saffron in your palm and sprinkle it into the hot water. Get every bit, and let this soak as the hare is browning.
    4. Once the meat is all browned, remove it to a bowl. Add the onion and saute until browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes.
    5. Add everything into the pot except the extra 1/4 cup parsley, nestling the hare pieces in tight. If the liquid does not come at least halfway up the sides of the hare pieces, add some more water. Do not add wine or stock — the point is to have pure flavors here. Cover tightly and simmer gently over low heat for at least 90 minutes. Hare needs longer, but chicken and domestic rabbit should be done by then. Check the hare after 2 1/2 hours; it should be close to falling off the bone. When it is, pull the meat out and strip it from the bone.
    6. Return it to the pot with the extra parsley and mix well. Turn off the heat and cover for five minutes. Serve over polenta, couscous, Sardinian fregula pasta or with crusty bread. Don’t forget the wine: You will want a big, heavy red here.
    recipes/soups/sardinian_hare_stew.txt · Last modified: 2021/09/15 00:44 (external edit)