Rabbit Cooked Like a Tuscan Pig: Coniglio in Porchetta

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 40 min
Prep: 30 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr 10 min
YIELD: 6 servings
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ingredients

  • 1 (4 1/2 pound) rabbit, head, tail and feet removed and gutted, liver reserved, have your butcher remove all of the bones from the rabbit for you.
  • 1/2 cup lardo, or fat back
  • 1/2 bulb fennel, cored and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 links Italian sausage, removed from its casings
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
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      Directions

      Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
      Season the inside and outside of the rabbit with pepper, and set aside.
      In a 12 to 14-inch saute pan heat 4 tablespoons of the lardo until smoking. Add the fennel and the garlic and cook over medium heat until softened and light brown, about 5 to 6 minutes. Add the sausage and cook until just cooked, about 6 to 8 more minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
      Stuff the rabbit cavity with the fennel, garlic, and the remaining lardo, cut into 1/8-inch dice. Truss the rabbit to seal the openings and place in a casserole. Baste with the wine and lemon juice, and sprinkle with the coarse salt.
      Cook in the oven for 1 hour, turning once after 30 minutes of cooking, and occasionally basting with the pan juices. Remove from the oven, allow to sit 5 minutes. Serve in 1/2-inch slices with pan juices emulsified with extra virgin olive oil.

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