Rabbit with white beans & chorizo

Rabbit with white beans & chorizo

At the table

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From
Basque
Serves
6
Photographer
Laura Edwards

On our way back from meeting Kepa, the cheese producer, we met the most amazing family: Marcial, Matias, Mari Angeles and Marisol. They are retired and now spend their time growing and looking after vegetables.

They were not very happy with the local rabbits, which were causing them big problems in the vegetable garden.

I love to eat rabbit and I will pass this recipe onto them as it’s a very good way to make use of their plentiful supply!

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g dried judion beans, (or dried butter beans)
olive oil
2 rabbits, jointed
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
200g baby cooking chorizo
1 onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely sliced
2 bay leaves
4-5 juniper berries, lightly crushed
500ml dry cider
750ml fresh, light chicken stock

Method

  1. Soak the beans in cold water overnight. Drain and put into a pan of clean cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, heat some oil in a frying pan. Season the rabbit pieces and fry all over until golden. Transfer to a casserole dish. Add the chorizo to the frying pan and cook for a few minutes until golden all over. Tip into the casserole with the rabbit.
  3. Add the vegetables to the pan with the chorizo oil and fry for 10 minutes until softened. Add the garlic for the last minute. Scoop out with a slotted spoon (discard the rest of the oil) and add to the casserole dish.
  4. Add the bay leaves, juniper berries and cider to the casserole, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes, then add the stock. Cover and bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 2–2½ hours. Drain the almost cooked beans and add to the casserole for the last half an hour of cooking. Check the seasoning and serve with crusty bread to mop up the delicious juices.
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