Put the flour in a medium-size mixing bowl and season with Essence. Season the rabbit with salt and pepper, and add to the flour. Toss, lightly coating each piece, shaking off any excess.
Heat the olive oil in a medium-size sautÈ pan over medium heat. Add the rabbit, and cook, stirring often, until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the onions, carrot, potato, tomatoes, shallots, green onions, and 1/4 cup of the garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the veal stock and reduce by half, 3 to 4 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and season with salt and pepper.
Bring the milk, seasoned with salt, to a boil in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add the remaining butter. While stirring, slowly add the grits, breaking up any lumps. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the grits are tender and slightly thick, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the heavy cream and 1/4 cup of the cheese, stirring until the cheese is completely melted. Season again with salt and pepper.
To serve, mound the grits in the center of a serving bowl. Spoon the ragout over the top. Place the fried parsnips in the center of the ragout, pushing them down into the grits. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons cheese and green onions.
Yield: 4 servings