Simple cream based pasta with Cottontail
After skinning, gutting and cleaning the Cottontails, soak them in some salt water overnight in the fridge.
After the soak, boil rabbits for 2-3 hours (longer for larger rabbits- my guys were small, so 2 hours was fine). The meat will basically be falling off the bone.
Boil up some fettucini or linguini, drain and set aside. This can be done simultaneously while preparing the sauce.
Separate meat from bone.
Bring saucepan to a medium heat and brown a spoon full of crushed garlic with some olive oil and add pepper to taste. No salt! I'll tell you why at the end of post.
Add rabbit and brown a bit more.
Shoot with a splash of wine- white or red... hell, beer will do fine as well.
Add some heavy whipping cream. Mix it up. Should start to bubble up fairly fast.
Add a handful of freshly grated parmesan cheese- you can find the fresh pre-grated stuff at your local supermarket, or use the canned crap>>> your sauce will come out better with the fresh stuff.
Push to one side of the saucepan and add add pasta, toss and scoop into bowl or onto a plate.
As a side, I like to serve with fresh grown tomatoes from my yard cut into slices with salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and bit of red wine vinegar.
Enjoy with a glass of wine (or bottle in my case...) or a frosty glass of your favorite beer!
As I stated before, do not add salt to the pasta until after you have tasted it! Two reasons why: First, the rabbit was soaked in saltwater overnight, and will retain some of the salt flavoring in the meat. Second, parmesan cheese (both fresh grated and canned) has a considerable amount of salt in it.
You can always add more salt to the dish, but you can never take any out!
Also, if you have extra Cottontail meat that you don't use in the pasta, lightly coat with olive oil, cover and refrigerate. The cooked meat should hold for 10 to 12 days in the fridge.
This is just a simple base recipe. Feel free to add/experiment! Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Afterthought: For those who dig on the seafood, throw some baby clams up in the mix.