If you like us are a “Foodie” this will get your taste buds salivating.
One of the joys of slow travel is cooking for ourselves. Coniglio Ragu is what we had for dinner last night!
You start with a “odori” these are the “flavourers”, celery, carrot and onion chopped, add to this crushed garlic and diced pancetta, lightly braise in good olive oil, once they have caramelized a little add the washed and dried Coniglio and brown on all sides. Transfer to a heavy bottomed pan and simmer on the stove.
Add red wine to soften the juices in the frying pan and scrape this out into your saucepan, add more red wine, tomatoes’ or tomato paste, bay leaves, chopped rosemary & oregano and if you have it the heel (the rind) of a piece of Parmesan. Allow to simmer very gently until the meat is tender and falls off the bone.
We had ours with new potatoes, crusty bread, green beans & red wine of course!
It was delicious!!!
Any left overs make a wonderful sauce for pasta, but do remember to take the meat off the bone…… it can be a finicky job as those bones are tiny. Yes we had Rabbit! I think I must be a farm girl at heart!
Rabbit is not the only thing, readily available at the market, Quails appear to be a popular choice although there is very little meat on them.
The traditional way of life in Tuscany included not only the typical meats but rabbit, wild boar and in hunting season, pheasant, tordi, & merli, more commonly known as Thrushes and Blackbirds!
Hunting season still goes on and anything and everything will be shot at!
Be very careful in the forests during hunting season, you could be mistaken for a Thrush!