Essteele has selected three elegant Italian dishes created by three world-famous chefs. From seafood to sweets, be inspired by these traditional yet beautifully simple recipes including a classic antipasto, a hearty main course, and a showstopping dessert. This recipe is from Biba's Italy: Favorite Recipes from the Splendid Cities (Artisan, 2006).
Biba Caggiano's rich home-style recipe is both traditional and delightfully straightforward, so you won't spend have to spend hours slaving in the kitchen. It is best served with slices of fried or grilled polenta.
Rabbit Braised with Wine, Olives and Sage
Skillet, casserole pan or Sauteuse. We suggest using an Essteele Per Sempre 30cm sauteuse.
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 (3-pound) rabbits, cut into serving pieces, washed and patted dry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 large onion, minced (about 1 to 1-1/2 cups)
2 cups dry white wine
10 to 12 black Gaeta or Nicoise olives, pitted and quartered
10 fresh sage leaves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet or casserole over high heat. Flour the rabbit pieces lightly. When the oil is very hot, add the rabbit to the skillet without crowding. (The rabbit can be browned in 2 batches.) Season with salt and pepper and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a platter.
Discard the oil and place the skillet back over medium heat. Add the remaining oil. When it is hot but not yet smoking, add the onion. Cook, scraping the bottom of the pan to pick up the browned bits, until the onion is lightly golden and soft, 6 to 7 minutes.
Return the rabbit to the pan, raise the heat to high, and add the wine. As soon as the wine begins to bubble, cover and reduce the heat to low. Simmer, stirring from time to time and turning the rabbit once, until the wine is almost all evaporated and the rabbit is tender when pierced with a fork, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer the rabbit to a platter, cover loosely with foil, and keep warm in a low oven.
Add the olives, sage, and garlic to the pan, and stir over medium heat until the garlic is fragrant about 1 minute. Add the vinegar and stir quickly until the pan juices have thickened 2 to 3 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Spoon the pan juices over the rabbit and serve hot.