Rabbit in Kriek – Belgian Recipe with Cherry Beer and Sour Cherries Recipe

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 rabbit – about 1 kg
  • 70-100 g butter
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 medium carrots or 4 small ones
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • a dozen black peppercorns
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon jam
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 bottle kriek – Belgian cherry lambic beer
  • 1 jar sour cherries in syrup / compote
  • 1/2 tablespoon flour

Preparation method:

  1. Chop the onion.
  2. Chop the carrots.
  3. Chop the celery sticks.
  4. Divide the rabbit into 8-10 pieces.
  5. Season the rabbit pieces with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  6. Melt the butter in a large pan and add the vegetable oil.
  7. Brown the rabbit pieces on both sides, by working in batches, frying them 6-7 minutes, set them aside.
  8. Add the chopped onion to the pan with fats and sauté them over low heat for 3 minutes
  9. Add the chopped celery and carrots, continue sautéing over medium heat, for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are a bit browned.
  10. Return the rabbit to the skillet, add the vinegar, (lemon) jam, black peppers, sprigs of thyme and bay leaves, thyme and peppercorns.
  11. Pour over the beer and some of the cherry can’s juice just cover the rabbit in the pan. Simmer covered until the meat almost fells off the bones, about an hour or so.
  12. Remove the rabbit pieces from the pan and place them aside, covered to keep them warm. Using a slotted spoon take out the vegetables and herbs and discard them.
  13. Reheat the pan juices and sprinkle the flour in. Cook for one minute, stirring constantly. If you want to further reduce the sauce cook for a few more minutes.
  14. Add sour cherries with the rest of the syrup and the remaining butter, to the sauce. Simmer for another 2 minutes or so.
  15. Return the pieces of rabbit to the pan and reheat gently in the sauce.
  16. Serve at once with potato croquettes or your preferred potato side-dish.
  17. Enjoy this food with another kriek! Cheers! 🙂