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Roasted Rabbit with Olives and Feta Recipe is to Die For

This roasted rabbit recipe just turned things up a notch.

As you may very well know, roasted rabbit is considered by many to be a very classy dish.

Melissa Clark from the New York Times was kind enough to share this amazing rabbit recipe with us. View the video below as she walks you through the steps needed to complete the dish.

Oh, and if you need to have the ingredients and steps written down, we have done that for you towards the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

Here’s a rundown of the recipe.


  • 1 3-pound rabbit, cut into 8 pieces (your butcher can do this)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup white wine, not too dry, such as riesling
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 thin slices lemon, seeded
  • ¼ cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, preferably French, crumble


Place rabbit pieces in a large bowl and toss with rosemary, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a small saucepan over medium heat, simmer wine until reduced by half.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add rabbit pieces and garlic in a single layer and cook until meat is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes a side. (If the garlic gets too dark before the rabbit is finished browning, put the garlic on top of the rabbit to keep it from cooking more.)

Put lemon slices, olives and half the butter into the pan. Pour in reduced wine. Cover and transfer to oven for 5 minutes. Uncover and scatter feta over top. Continue cooking until rabbit is just cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes more. Stir in remaining butter and more salt if needed, and serve.

Now you’ll probably look at that cottontail a little differently, won’t you?


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Roasted Rabbit with Olives and Feta Recipe is to Die For