Hearty Rabbit Stew With Vegetables Recipe

Hearty rabbit stew with vegetables recipe

The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

  • Total: 3 hrs 5 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 2 hrs 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 cups (4 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1175 Calories
35g Fat
52g Carbs
114g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 cups (4 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 1175
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g 45%
Saturated Fat 13g 66%
Cholesterol 353mg 118%
Sodium 1944mg 85%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Protein 114g
Calcium 204mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

You may not be familiar with using rabbit in cooking, but it is actually the new "super meat"—rabbits have a low impact on the environment and are very inexpensive to raise since they are herbivores and don't require anything extra to fatten them up. And, as we all know, they reproduce like, well, rabbits, so they can be raised and processed quickly. And most importantly, a rabbit is tender, juicy, and delicious. As the saying goes, "it tastes like chicken."

This rabbit stew is a savory combination of cut up rabbit, carrots, and potatoes. Red wine, along with a variety of aromatic vegetables, gives this stew a rich flavor. This recipe calls for a homemade seasoned salt, which is a combination of herbs such as thyme, marjoram, and dill weed as well as garlic and celery salt, onion powder, paprika, curry powder, and dry mustard.

Serve this stew with biscuits or finish it with easy sage dumplings (see instructions at end of recipe). 

Ingredients

  • For the Stew
  • 1 rabbit (about 3 pounds, cut up)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup celery (chopped)
  • 2 medium onions (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups water (or a low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth)
  • 4 cups dry red wine
  • 2 cups diced carrots
  • 4 medium potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 4 ounces sliced mushrooms (sautéed)
  • 1/3 cup water (cold)
  • For the Optional Sage Dumplings
  • 2 cups of biscuit mix
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this stew is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Rabbit Stew

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for hearty rabbit stew
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  2. Dredge the rabbit pieces with the 1/2 cup of flour.

    Dredge the rabbit
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  3. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; brown rabbit pieces on all sides.

    Melt butter
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  4. Add celery, onion, seasoned salt, salt, pepper, bay leaf, 4 cups water or broth, and wine; bring to a boil.

    Add celery and onion
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  5. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 2 hours.

    Reduce heat
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  6. Add carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms. Cook for about 25 to 30 minutes longer, or until vegetables are tender.

    Add carrots, mushrooms
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  7. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup flour and 1/3 cup of cold water; stir until well blended and free of lumps.

    Combine flour and water
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  8. Stir the flour mixture into the broth; cook and stir until the broth has thickened.

    Stir
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  9. Serve the stew with biscuits and a salad. 

    Serve
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Optional Sage Dumplings

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for sage dumplings
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  2. If you're making the optional sage dumplings, after thickening the stew, combine 2 cups of biscuit mix in a bowl with 3/4 cup of milk and 1/2 teaspoon of poultry seasoning. Stir with a fork until the ingredients are combined.

    Stir
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  3. Drop over the simmering stew and cook for 10 minutes.

    Add
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  4. Cover the pan and continue simmering for 10 minutes longer, gently stirring occasionally to keep the stew from scorching.

    Cover
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  5. Serve and enjoy!

    Hearty rabbit stew
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