Recipe courtesy of Charlie Trotter

Illinois Rabbit with Wilted Arugula, Goat Cheese, Nuts, and Arugula Puree

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 50 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Wilted Arugula Salad:

Goat Cheese Quenelles:

Arugula Puree:


  1. In a large skillet, heat the grapeseed oil over medium heat. Season the rabbit loins with salt and pepper, and add the rabbit loins to the pan. Saute the rabbit to desired degree of doneness. With tongs, remove the meat from the heat and season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Let the meat rest for 90 seconds before thinly slicing on the bias. 


  1. Evenly divide the Wilted Arugula Salad among 4 dinner plates, arranging it in the center of each plate. Place the rabbit slices in a pinwheel manner over the salad. Spoon the arugula sauce around the plate. Place a goat cheese quenelle on each plate, and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts. Top with freshly ground black pepper and spoon the reserved cooking juices around the plate.

Wilted Arugula Salad:

  1.  Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and garlic, and saute for 1 minute. Add the eggplant and cook for 2 minutes. Add the vinegar, wine, pear, roasted onion and arugula. Cook for 2 more minutes, or until the arugula is just wilted. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Reserve any cooking juices that remain in the pan.

Goat Cheese Quenelles:

  1.  In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Using a small metal spoon and the palm of your hand, form quenelles of the goat cheese mixture.

Arugula Puree:

  1.  In a food processor or blender, puree all of the ingredients together with just enough water to puree smoothly. Pass the puree through a fine mesh sieve. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Warm the puree slightly in a heatproof bowl over simmering water just prior to serving.

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