I don’t think I’ve posted this recipe before. If I did it wasn’t with a picture and was probably only a paragraph mumbled in passing. We had it for dinner last night. This is one of the simplest and easiest ways to make rabbit. I didn’t actually cook up a whole rabbit here, just enough for me and the kids, since the husband is gone and Mom had already eaten. It was so good I only have a before photo, because my little raptors, I mean children, snatched it out of the pan and had it eaten before I could even grab my camera for an after shot.
Cut up rabbit pieces
Extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground Sea Salt
Freshly ground Pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Pour some olive oil into a glass baking dish that is big enough to hold all your rabbit pieces without crowding. Dip the chicken pieces into the olive oil, thoroughly coating all sides. Sprinkle with basil, oregano, sea salt, and pepper. Do both sides because you don’t turn it at all. Do it to whatever amount you think looks good to you. Bake for 1 hour. Easy peasy.
I love this recipe because it always comes out juicy and tender. I originally used this as a chicken recipe, for roast whole chicken actually (takes at least 90 minutes, sometimes more, use a thermometer), and will probably do a whole rabbit that way at some point.
I need to learn to let go as a rabbit raiser. I still worry about them after I sell them, though. I can’t help it. I love all my rabbits, even the ones I have to cull. The woman I sold them to has been great, has kept in touch, and seems like she knows what she is doing. The guy I sold one to last night told me today he was feeding the rabbit chicken scratch. I just don’t even… Chicken scratch has corn and sometimes peas, both of which a rabbit cannot digest, can cause intestinal blockage, and lead to G.I. stasis and then rapidly to death. I didn’t think I needed to say anything in too much detail about feed last night other than to tell him what I fed them, because this is a person who works as a vet. I assumed he’d done the minimal amount of research necessary to know how to feed the rabbit right as he already had rabbits. He is giving the bun hay and has him in a tractor with a protected shelter on it that he will move every day, with lots of grass to eat, so the rabbit certainly won’t starve, but I don’t know if he will thrive, either. He probably will, but I don’t know.
He also gave him a bucket of water instead of a water bottle, which the rabbit won’t know how to drink from and may just flip over, possibly soaking himself and going into shock. So I did mention to make sure he sees the rabbit drinking so he knows it is, because water is so important. I am a mother hen, I know. I do love his nesting box set up, though. It is an enclosed box with a circle in it for the mother to go in and out. I think it would be much better to prevent a doe from dragging a kit out after nursing with that kind of set up.
He didn’t respond to my response so now I’m going to worry all night that he’s going to ignore me, feed the rabbit corn, watch it die a horrible death and then think I sold him a sick rabbit. Because I am that paranoid. Ay yi yi! And he probably just went to bed and didn’t even see my response. But I’ll worry about the bun until I know that he is not feeding him scratch anymore. Or I’ll just worry about the bun for a few days and learn to let go. I can’t control what people do after I sell them their rabbits.
I’ve got a lady coming out in the morning to look at our bunnies. I don’t know if she will buy any, but keep your fingers crossed for me.