Braised Stuffed Rabbit Legs with Walnuts, Prosecco, Dried Cherries and Apricots
- 4 rabbit legs
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/4 cup extra virgin oil plus 4 tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 medium red onions, cut into 1-inch dice
- 1/4 dried cherries
- 1/4 cup dried apricots, cut into 1/8th-inch julienne
- 1 bottle Prosecco wine
Remove bones from rabbit legs and butterfly open.
In a food processor, blend together walnuts, garlic, olive oil, rosemary and pepper until a paste is formed. Divide paste among 4 rabbit legs and roll each leg up. Tie each leg securely with butcher twine.
In a 10 to 12-inch saute pan, heat 4 tablespoons oil until smoking. Place rabbit legs in pan and saute on all sides. When fully browned, add onions, cherries and apricots and saute until softened, about 6 to 7 more minutes. Pour in Prosecco and bring to boil. Lower to a simmer and cover halfway. Cook 50 to 60 minutes until very tender, turning occasionally. If liquid dissipates, add 1/4 cup water at a time. Remove rabbit legs and cut the strings. Place on platter, top with cherry mixture and serve.
Recipe Courtesy of Mario Batali