Ingredients (4-6 servings):
- one whole rabbit, about 2 kg
- 4 tablespoons flour
- salt and pepper to season
- 100 g butter
- 1 large red onion
- 1 carrot
- 1/2 celery stalk
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1 large bunch parsley leaves
- 1 cup white wine
- 6-8 fresh rosemary branches
- 1/2 kg button mushrooms
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes canned or fresh (I had some canned by my mother)
For the side-dish:
- 1 1/2 kg potatoes
- 100 g grated cheese
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Wash thoroughly the rabbit and cut into pieces, about 8 of them.
- Season the rabbit pieces with salt and pepper then toss them in flour.
- Heat some butter in large frying pan, over medium high heat, and fry the rabbit pieces in batches until golden, adding some more butter when needed, set them aside.
- Chop the onion and parsley leaves. Slice thinly the carrot and celery stalk.
- Cut the mushrooms into halves or quarters depending on their size.
- Heat the remaining butter in the large pan and fry the onion and garlic for 2 minutes.
- Add the sliced carrots and celery and cook for another 5 minutes.
- Return the rabbit to the pan, pour in the wine and add most of the parsley and cook for 10 minutes.
- Add the mushrooms and rosemary branches, bring the heat a bit up and cook for 5-7 minutes until the juice from the pan reduces to half.
- Add the cherry tomatoes and some sun dried tomatoes if you have any. Add some water if needed so that the rabbit is completely covered with sauce.
- Lower the heat,cover the pan and simmer for 40 minutes until the meat is fork tender, adding more water if needed. Season with salt an pepper.
For the side-dish:
- Peel the potatoes, cut them into 2 cm cubes and cook them in salty boiling water until almost done.
- Scoop the potatoes from the cooking dish and place them into a roasting tray smeared with a bit of butter. Season with salt and pepper.
- Spread over the potatoes the grated cheese and the poppy seeds.
- Place the potatoes into the preheated oven at 180 C and bake them for 15-20 minutes until they get a golden crust and the cheese has melted.