Spanish Rabbit and Rice

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This Spanish recipe for rabbit and rice is very similar to traditional Valencian paella. Cooked slowly over a smoky outdoor barbecue the rice takes on a real rustic flavor, combined with the rabbit this really is a “campo” dish. This traditional recipe has been a favorite for generations usually made for fiesta time or when large families get together to enjoy a meal. Rabbit is the main ingredient but such is the versatility of this dish you can also involve cuts of liver, pork rib, pancetta or chicken pieces.



  • 2 rabbits, prepared and cut into small pieces
  • 2 bulbs garlic, separated and the cloves peeled
  • 1 ½ Kilos Bomba rice
  • 3 litres water / chicken stock
  • 2 red peppers (diced)
  • 3 medium tomatoes (diced)
  • Salt
  • Cracked black peppercorns
  • Olive oil



Prepare the vegetables by dicing into small pieces, dice or crush the garlic and fry together in the paella pan using a splash of good olive oil. Cook for 5 minutes on a high heat until the onions become translucent.

Turn down the heat then, using a ladle add the rice counting each ladleful as you go – one kilo of rice is roughly 7 ladles.

Stir the rice into the vegetables and continue to cook until the rice begins to lose its color.

Now add your stock, ladle in as with the rice, counting as you go. You need two ladles of stock for every one of rice. 14 ladles should be sufficient.

Add a pinch of saffron.

At this point the rabbit does not need to be stirred any more. Lower the heat.

At this stage cover the whole pan in tinfoil and leave the paella to cook for 10 minutes.

Remove the foil and serve.

Yield: 4-6 servings

Time: 1 hour

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