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If you like rabbit but don't know how to cook it, here are some hints to make things simple
HOW DO YOU COOK RABBIT?
Rabbit cooks almost the same as chicken, with identical cooking times. What works for chicken also works very well for rabbit. Replace your traditional chicken with a whole oven-roasted rabbit. Rabbit meat is more refined and flavorful and holds together better when cooked.
I DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME: DOES COOKING RABBIT TAKE LONG?
NO: boneless shoulder and rib cuts cook on the barbecue in just 15 minutes, whereas beef ribs take 20-30 minutes.
NO: rabbit brochettes cook just as quickly as chicken breast brochettes.
YES: If you're making a braised dish using a whole cut up rabbit, allow 45 to 60 minutes; however you can leave the rabbit to cook unattended with no problem.
IS RABBIT SUITABLE FOR A QUICK MEAL ON THE GO?
YES: If you're looking for snacks and meals that don't even require a plate, try thinly sliced saddle or boneless shoulder and ribs (gigolettes), which are almost like chicken wings. They cook quickly and are easy to eat.
CAN YOU SAUTÉ RABBIT MEAT?
YES: You can now find tenderloin, steak and escalope of rabbit that is delicious sautéed or cooked on "pierrade" (hot stones).... These are all cuts from the saddle, the meatiest part of the rabbit.
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