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Something Different for Dinner: Rabbit Stew with Olives and Apricots

rabbit stewAlright, let’s just get this out of the way, because I know it’s what you’re thinking- rabbits are too cute to eat. Well, remember that part in Lord of the Rings where Frodo and Sam catch a rabbit and roast it with potatoes and Gollum is there and he’s all “What’s taters?” Well, in life, doing things that hobbits do is generally a pretty good way to be happy. Except for smoking which I don’t think I need to tell you is really, really bad for you.


While Frodo and Sam roasted their rabbit, I stewed this one, which is probably what the hobbits would have done, if they’d had time. Rabbits are pretty lean and therefore easy to dry out, so braising and stewing make it a little easier not to ruin them. Also, rabbit stew gets better the longer it sits, so it’s an excellent make-ahead dish either for company (just bear in mind it’s a bit rustic) or to make on the weekend to have at the end of a busy weekday. The leftovers are also a nice lunch. I expected my co-workers to be all “Rabbit? Weird,” but nobody asked. They probably just assumed it was beef stew.

So be a little more Frodo and a little less Gollum and head over to Brooklyn Supper and check out this rabbit stew.

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