Rabbit Stew Recipe: Stuffat tal-Fenek
Cooking rabbit the Maltese way!
This Rabbit Stew Recipe is sure to make your mouth water! Rabbit recipes are widely popular in all regions of the Mediterranean.
And being that Malta is at the heart of the Mediterranean, rabbit is obviously present in a lot of the main dishes in Maltese cuisine.
Rabbit can be cooked and served in various ways. Stew is perhaps one of the most popular among Maltese people.
Try your hand at Maltese cooking and check out this popular Rabbit Stew recipe for Stuffat tal-Fenek below.
Maltese Rabbit Stew Recipe: Stuffat tal-Fenek
Ingredients (serves 4)
1 rabbit, weighing about 1 and a half kilos (or 3 lb and 4.91 oz) when cleaned, portioned
2 onions, peeled and sliced
4 garlic cloves, peeled
3 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 teaspoons tomato paste
3 or 4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
5 carrots, peeled and sliced
200 g (or 7.05 oz) peas
2 bay leaves
Pinch mixed herbs
Half stock cube
Freshly ground pepper
275 ml (slightly more than 1 cup) red wine
1 tsp olive oil
Season plain flour by adding salt and pepper to it and mix well.
Roll the portions of the rabbit in the flour and shake off any excess flour. Heat the oil in a thick bottomed pot, add the rabbit and cook. You need to cook the rabbit until the outside is slightly brown.
Add the onions, carrots, potatoes, garlic and tomatoes to the pot. Pour some wine over the ingredients. (Do not pour all the wine at this stage). Add the bay leaves, stock and tomato paste. Add the liver, kidneys and peas and bring to the boil.
Simmer for about one and a half hours or until the rabbit is cooked. If the sauce starts to dry up, add some more wine.
Usually, the rabbit sauce is served as a starter with spaghetti. Followed by the rabbit and more sauce as the main course. You can also serve the main course with vegetables.
We hope that you get to try this rabbit stew and come to love it as much as we do :)
If you're holidaying in Malta and would like to try this local dish, your best bet would be to look for small family run restaurants that are often located in tiny remote villages or towns that are not usually seen as tourist haunts.
Restaurants in villages such as Bahrija are known for serving the best rabbit dishes! Salina also has an excellent restaurant that serves exquisite rabbit. You'll find lots of locals here savoring their favourite rabbit dish!
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