I know it is a bit early, but I bet some of you are already wondering what to make for Easter.
Are you feeling a little provocative? A tad tongue-in-cheek?
Then this is what I recommend.
It was part of my Arkansas cooking extravaganza a few weeks ago and I thought it was high time to share.
Young rabbits are best fried, because they are so tender. The best way to check a rabbit’s age is to tear one of their ears lengthwise and if it tears easily, the animal is young. Also look for very white teeth.
Before cooking a rabbit or a squirrel, I also typically soak it in salt water for several hours, if not overnight. This helps extract impurities and retain its moisture during cooking.
Like most good things, it begins with a hot skillet.
The rabbit is soaked in a marinade made primarily of buttermilk.
Marinades have been used since Renaissance times, when their primary purpose was to reduce spoilage and impart flavor. The buttermilk serves two different functions—as a tenderizer and as a flavor enhancer. Once the meat is fully immersed, the acid breaks down the fibrous proteins and increases its ability to retain moisture. The addition of salt will allow it to retain moisture further.
Once your rabbit pieces have soaked for quite some time, remove them with tongs and let them drip over the bowl for a few seconds. Some of the herbs will remain on the rabbit. That is good, we want that.
The rabbit then goes into the hot oil. Not so hot that is smokes, but hot enough that it sizzles nicely as soon as it hits the pan. Any cooler and the meat will be a bit greasy when it’s done.
After about 10 minutes, the rabbit gets turned over, golden crusty top up, so the other side can cook.
When as crispy and golden as you please, transfer the meat to a wire rack or paper towel and give them a sprinkle of salt and pepper to help keep them crispy for the table.
And there you have it, crispy and golden and finger lickin’ luscious.
Here are some other great recipes ideas for Easter from across the web:
Peppergrass Sorrel Pesto from Canelle et Vanille
Braised Fennel from Gluten Free Girl
Grilled Red Snapper with Roasted Mixed Peppers and Asparagus from Tartelette
Potato Rosemary Rolls from Two Peas and their Pod
Meyer Lemon Clouds from Steamy Kitchen
Mixed Berry Crostada from EatBoutique
An Easter Menu I conjured up from Foodily.com
“Buttermilk Fried Rabbit”