Slow Cooker Rabbit Stew With Sour Cream

Rabbit Stew on Rice
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  • Total: 6 hrs 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
414 Calories
39g Fat
14g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 414
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 50%
Saturated Fat 23g 117%
Cholesterol 120mg 40%
Sodium 448mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Protein 5g
Calcium 139mg 11%
*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.)

This simple stewed rabbit is cooked to savory perfection in the slow cooker. Because rabbits have lean meat, it's easy to overcook it—that results in a tough, dry meal. The slow cooker, though, takes the guesswork out of cooking.

The stew is made with a variety of vegetables and seasonings and is finished with a rich sour cream sauce. If you have fresh herbs, add a few sprigs to the stew. Rosemary and thyme are both excellent choices, as they go well with rabbit, while sage, parsley, and tarragon are some other complementary herbs. If you have only dried herbs, add a few pinches to the stew.

Ingredients

  • 2 rabbits, cleaned and cut up (see How to Cut Up a Rabbit)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 small carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 6 ounces canned sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary (or thyme)
  • 10 3/4 ounces cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup sour cream

Steps to Make It

  1. Sprinkle the meat with salt, pepper, and paprika and arrange it in the bowl of a slow cooker. Layer the carrots and onions on top of the meat, along with the mushrooms, if using. 

  2. Add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary or thyme to the mixture.

  3. In a bowl, combine the condensed soup with the Worcestershire sauce. Stir the mixture and spoon it over the meat. 

  4. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours, or until the meat is tender and thoroughly cooked. According to the USDA, the minimum safe temperature for rabbit is 160 F.

  5. Add the sour cream, stir gently to blend, and cook for about 20 to 30 minutes longer, or until hot.

  6. Serve the stew with crusty bread or biscuits and a tossed salad.

Tip

  • While browning the rabbit isn't necessary, the caramelization will add to the flavor of the dish. To sear the rabbit pieces before putting them in the slow cooker, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the seasoned rabbit pieces (in batches, if necessary) and brown them for about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the browned rabbit pieces to the slow cooker and continue with the recipe.
  • You might find fresh or frozen rabbits in the market. If the rabbits are frozen, thaw them in the refrigerator overnight. Rabbit meat should never be placed in the slow cooker frozen. 
  • This stew may be made with a whole cut-up chicken or pheasant as well.
  • If you don't have fresh herbs on hand, add a few pinches of dried thyme or rosemary.
  • If the sauce is too thick, thin it with a small amount of chicken stock or, in a pinch, water.

Recipe Variations

  • Vary the stew with different vegetables, adding some parsnips, potatoes, or rutabaga to the stew to make it a full meal.
  • Substitute 1/2 to 1 cup of pearl onions for the chopped onion. They add onion flavor and make for an attractive presentation.
  • Make a beer-braised rabbit stew by eliminating the sour cream and cream of mushroom soup and add 12 ounces of a dark beer of your choice.