Eat-That-Easter-Bunny!


Marinated Rabbit

When it comes to Easter, certain foods may come to mind, especially lambs and hams, and sweets like chocolate bunnies. But what about serving up some rrrr-abbit? Now if you have “little girls” at home, you may want to tell them it’s something else…to keep the peace and have a Happy Easter. Lol.

Rabbit…The Other White Meat

Try to be open minded about trying new foods. The amount of food a rabbit eats is minimal when compared to other animals. Now I am pretty sure though without it specified on the packaging that this was a young rabbit. The meat is pinkish in color, tender and fine-grained. Mature rabbit is tougher with a more distinct flavour and great for roasting and such.

Unfortunately, I do not have a “step by step” recipe for it at this time. I used: Kosher salt, coarse black pepper, olive oil, very little white vinegar, natural liquid smoke, plain Greek yogurt, rosemary, garlic, sherry wine and more. I wanted to add something sweet like agave or honey, but since it was going on the grill, I did not want to risk burning it. Besides, I did not add anything spicy, and I almost always offset spicy with sweet. I marinated the rabbit for about 4 hours. The flavors seeped all the way through and it was the most delicious rabbit ever with nonstop compliments. (Like Bison, this was my first time preparing rabbit, and it was absolutely delicious!) It may be possible to find a similar marinade at the store. Maybe you could marinate the rabbit on your lunch break and prepare it when home from work, etc.

Don’t forget: Blot off some of the marinade with a paper towel prior to grilling or searing. The rabbit on the plate below, was grilled for about 25 mins., turning no more than 3-4 times.

What Are The Benefits of Rabbit Meat?

Rrrrrr-abbit meat is well known for its high protein content. It is only 20 percent bone. And believe or not, it taste similar to chicken or hen, not duck as it has its unique flavor. A 3 oz. serving of rabbit meat contains 28 g of protein, more than beef or chicken. Rabbit is also a concentrated source of iron. A serving contains more than 4 mg. If you drink white wine with it (moderation), it will help your body to absorb the iron. Some of us know that vitamin C will do the same, but who wants to drink OJ with rabbit? Rabbit meat provides a wide range of minerals: Copper, zinc, iron, and the B vitamins 2, 6, and 12. The highest levels include 204 mg of phosphorous and 292 mg of potassium. When it comes to the calorie content, it is very low and it is nearly cholesterol free. The sodium content in rabbit is reasonably less too. Rabbit meat, which is a high-protein low fat diet, is not just perfect for weight loss. It also contains anti-oxidant and anti-aging components namely selenium and glutathione. Not only is rabbit healthy….but it is cheap to produce! So go get you some waabbit. ;-)

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