Slow Cooked Wild Rabbit with Iron House Hefeweizen

 Kris: Even though it’s Summer, I still love to eat slow cooked rabbit with a few beers on my day off. Luckily, Matt kindly bought around a wild shot rabbit to cook for lunch. Also, Jimmy from Iron House  passed on some Hefeweizen to not only use for cooking the rabbit, but also to enjoy with it, once it had slow cooked for 3 hours. What better way to spend a lazy afternoon?

Caroline: Rabbit is one of my favorite meats. It’s even better when it’s slow cooked in beer. It’s been a while since we have cooked it, so I couldn’t wait for lunch to be served. I guess I will just have a beer and play the waiting game.

Slow Cooked Wild Rabbit

1 rabbit

2 leeks

fresh thyme

3 diced tomatoes

2 carrots

3 cloves garlic

1 Tbs seeded mustard

50 g butter

olive oil

2 cups good quality chicken stock

2 330ml bottles Iron House Hefeweizen

fresh Thyme

5-6 juniper berries

salt and cracked pepper

 

Method

Slice the leeks and fry in a heavy based casserole pan ( one without plastic handles that can be placed in an oven)

Add sliced carrots, garlic, thyme juniper berries and mustard

While this is cooking on a medium heat, cut the rabbit into 5-6 pieces

Add the rabbit pieces and fry on each side for a few minutes

Add the diced tomatoes

Pour in the beer and chicken stock

Season with salt and pepper

 Cover the pan with aluminium foil or an oven proof lid

Place in an oven pre-heated to 150 C

Cook for 2.5 – 3 hours

 

 Kris: 3 hours is a long time when your hungry, but believe me, this dish is worth the wait. The Hefeweizen works really well as a  match too. The citrus and clove like spice character of the beer compliments the rabbit, vegetables, thyme and juniper berries. I don’t drink a lot of Hefeweizen, but Iron House’s version is a refreshing, lighter style that is a great beer to enjoy in spring and summer. It is also a great match for smoked salmon and chevre.

 Caroline: I know I have said it before, wheat beer is not really a favorite of mine, but again, it has worked as an ingredient and as a match to a delicious, slow cooked lunch. So Goood!!

 

 

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