Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Years Rabbit Pasta

I wanted to try my hand at a nice meaty rabbit one day in this festive month and here is the recipe I used. It is really delicious served on just about any type of pasta although we chose pen'er pasta. This really could be a meal by itself, especially if you added a nice crisp mixed salad and some crusty Italian bread.

1 Pound Rabbit Pieces
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Carrot, Diced
1 Small Onion, Diced
1 Celery Stalk, Diced
3 Cloves Garlic, Peeled & Minced
1 Chopped Red Chile Pepper
2 Cans Cherry Tomatoes (Or About 3 Cups Fresh Cut In Half)
Salt & Pepper
4 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Basil
Chopped Parsley
1 Pound Penne Pasta

To Serve:
Grated Pecorino or Parmesan Cheese
Chopped Fresh Parsley

Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan and brown the rabbit pieces on all sides. Remove to a plate. Add the carrot, celery, and onion to the pan and cook for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and beginning to brown. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute or two. Turn the heat up stirring the mixture to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the rabbit back into the pan with the tomatoes, red pepper, and basil. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over low heat for about 2 hours until the meat begins to fall off the bones, adding a little water to the pan if needed. Remove the meat from the bones and return it to the pan. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

Cook the penne in boiling salted water until it is "al dente". Drain and return to the pot. Add the sauce to the pasta and stir over medium heat until the sauce is well mixed with the pasta and piping hot. Serve in individual bowls topped with some chopped fresh parsley. Serve, offering grated cheese at the table.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rabbit Future Trend

Rabbit: The Furry Healthy Alternative

A lot of people may have reservations about the consumption of rabbit meat. Which is a shame, considering that eating rabbit meat is scientifically proven to actually be a much healthier alternative to the conventional types of meat. There are several reasons why it would be beneficial to the well being to go on a steady rabbit meat diet.

One of the main reasons for opting for a rabbit meat diet is the lower cholesterol and fat content. In fact, according to a study made in the Alabama A & M University, rabbit meat contains far less cholesterol than turkey, chicken, pork or beef. The entire rabbit is composed of white meat, which means rabbit meat is leaner and has lesser fat content. Lesser fat and lesser cholesterol allows the dieter to enjoy eating meat without the high risk of heart problems and high blood pressure.

Some doctors even recommend a special diet that consists of rabbit meat for their patients who have certain heart problems and require a lowered intake of fat, cholesterol and sodium. Rabbit meat even has the east amount of calories when compared to other land dwelling animals. Aside from that, the U.S. Department of Agriculture points out that rabbit is the most nutritious meat a person can eat.

The production of rabbit meat is also one of the most sanitized practices in the meat processing industry. Rabbit farming has gone a long way over the years, and new technology,still on develope and research is still on in our university like University Malaya, University Putra Malaysia and University Sains Malaysia to ensure that the health and quality of the rabbit meat are constantly above acceptable conditions.

With the business of rabbit farming on a rise, and the noted benefits of rabbit consumption, it would not be much is a surprise if rabbit meat becomes a worldwide staple diet.