Rabbit with cider, petit pois & pak choi

A dish suitable for the cold winter nights, where a heart warming combination of Rabbit with cider, petit pois & pak choi warms the core.


  • 2 rabbits, jointed into 4-6 pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 bay leaves, 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 2 large knobs of butter
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 660ml / 24fl oz Westons Scrumpy Cloudy Cider
  • 3 shallots finely chopped
  • 400g / 14oz frozen petit pois
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 50ml / 2oz cider vinegar
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 pak choi, chopped into strips
  • 450g / 1lb chopped smoked bacon


Preheat oven to 190°c / 375°f / Gas Mk 5.

  • Heat a large knob of butter in the base of a large lidded ovenproof casserole dish.
  • Season the rabbit with salt and fry in the butter until browned, adding more butter if needed.
  • Add 2 tbsps water to the casserole dish.
  • Add the olive oil, shallots, garlic, carrots, celery and bacon and stir fry quickly for a few minutes.
  • Add the bay leaves and thyme and fry over a low heat for around 20 minutes, pouring in enough cider to cover.
  • Add the peas and cover with lid. Place the casserole dish in oven and cook for an hour.
  • Remove, stir in mustard and cider vinegar. Add more cider to cover if needed and return to the oven for another hour.
  • Remove from oven, remove lid and place back on hob. Add the pak choi and another large knob of butter.
  • As soon as it has wilted, remove from heat and serve.

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