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• 2 (2 lb. each) ready-to-cook wild rabbits or 1 (5-6 lb.) domestic rabbit
• 1 cup water
• 2 cups dry red wine
• 1/2 tsp. thyme leaves
• 2 cups sliced onions
• 2 bay leaves
• 1 tbsp. pickling spice
• 1/2 tsp. coarsely ground pepper
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 6 bacon slices
• 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 1 tsp. sugar
Day before serving:
In a large bowl, pour 1 cup water and 2 cups dry red wine over rabbit pieces.
Add next 6 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning pieces occasionally.
About 3 hrs. before serving:
1. In 12-inch skillet over medium heat, fry bacon until crisp; drain on paper towels; reserve drippings in skillet.
2. Meanwhile, remove rabbit pieces from wine mixture; reserve mixture. Pat pieces dry with paper towels. On waxed paper, coat rabbit pieces with flour. Reserve remaining flour for gravy. Over med. heat, in hot bacon drippings, cook a few pieces of rabbit at a time. Brown on all sides and remove to platter as they brown. Pour remaining drippings from skilled and return rabbit to skillet.
3. Crumble bacon over rabbit. Strain wine mixture, discarding seasonings; stir in sugar; pour over rabbit and heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 2 hours or until rabbit is fork-tender.
4. Remove rabbit to warm platter. Stir in remaining flour to make gravy. Stir well and add water as needed. Continue cooking gravy a few minutes, stirring until smooth; serve over rabbit. Makes 6 servings.
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