Rabbit withDates & Apricots Gratinéed w/Emmantaler

Lori Loucas


This is a French Canadian recipe that makes great use of game meats and one of Quebec's fine artisanal fromages.


★★★★★ 1 vote

20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


  • 3 oz
    soft dates, halved (1/2 cup)
  • 3 oz
    dried apricots (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 c
    white wine
  • 1/2 tsp
    fresh thyme
  • 2 medium
    rabbits, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 c
  • 2 Tbsp
  • 1 medium
    french shallot, chopped
  • 1 c
    beef broth
  • 2 Tbsp
    apricot jam
  • 1 c
    ancêtre emmental cheese, grated
  • ·
    salt & freshly ground pepper

How to Make Rabbit withDates & Apricots Gratinéed w/Emmantaler


  1. Soak the dates, apricots and thyme in the white white for about 30 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 160° C (325° F). Dredge the pieces of rabbit in flour. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large cocotte or Dutch oven, brown the rabbit pieces in butter. Add the shallot and continue cooking for several minutes.
  4. Add the broth and the mixture of dates, apricots and white wine. Cook for about 1 hour or until the rabbit is cooked.
  5. Remove the rabbit pieces from the pot and keep warm. Reduce the cooking juices by half, for about 5 minutes. Add the apricot jam and continue cooking for about 5 minutes longer until thickened.
  6. Return the rabbit pieces to the pot. Sprinkle with cheese; place under the broiler for about 2-3 minutes until the cheese is browned and bubbly.
  7. Serve with green and yellow beans sautéed in butter.

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About Rabbit withDates & Apricots Gratinéed w/Emmantaler

Course/Dish: Wild Game
Main Ingredient: Wild Game
Regional Style: Canadian
Hashtag: #Rabbit

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