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Rabbit And Shiitake Mushroom Terrine With A Caramelized Onion Sauce

  • Yield: About 3/4 of a pound


  • 1 whole rabbit, (about 2 1/2 to 3 pounds) dressed and cut into quarters
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 to 4 cups duck fat
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 pounds shiitake mushrooms, cleaned, stemmed and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup Marsala wine
  • 1 cup minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 packages gelatin
  • 2 1/2 cups veal reduction
  • 12 sprigs frisee lettuce
  • Drizzle olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cups thinly sliced onions
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken stock


  • Preheat the oven to 300ºF.
  • Season the rabbit with salt and pepper. Place the rabbit in an oven-proof pan and cover with the duck fat. Add the garlic cloves and rosemary sprigs to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place in the oven. Slow cook the rabbit for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the meat is very tender. Remove from the oven, cool completely in the fat and strain. Reserve 1 cup of the confit oil. Discard the rosemary. Meanwhile, in a sauté pan, over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of the confit oil. When hot, add the mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté until wilted, about 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully add the Marsala and cook until the liquid has almost evaporated. Remove from the heat and coolcompletely.
  • To make the rillette: Remove the meat from the rabbit, discarding the bones. In a food processor, fitted with a metal blade, combine the rabbit, 1/4 cup of the reserved confit oil, shallots, garlic, parsley, and Dijon mustard. Season with salt and black pepper. Process for 30 seconds, starting and stopping the machine several times. **Do not puree the mixture. Taste, and reseason if necessary. **If the rillette is not moist enough, add another 1/4 cup of the confit oil. Cover the rillette and store in the refrigerator. The rillette will keep for up to 2 weeks.
  • Line a 12 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 3 1/2-inch terrine mold with plastic wrap, allowing the plastic wrap to hang over the sides of the mold. Dissolve the gelatin in the veal reduction. Line the terrine mold with a third of the rillette. Spoon half of the mushrooms over the rillette, pressing down firmly after each layer. Repeat the layering with the remaining rillette and mushrooms, finishing with the rillette on top. Slowly pour the gelatin mixture (about 1/2 cup at a time) over the terrine, letting the liquid soak into the terrine. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Carefully place the terrine mold in warm water to loosen the mold. Unwrap the plastic wrap and place on a serving platter. Slice the terrine into individual servings. To serve, spoon the sauce in the center of each plate. Toss the lettuce with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place in the center of sauce. Lay a piece of the terrine against the lettuce. Garnish with parsley and toasted pistachios.
  • Yields: 10 to 12 servings
  • CARAMELIZED ONION SAUCE: In a saucepan, over medium heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add onions. Season with salt and pepper. Sauté for about 10 to 12 minutes, or until caramelized. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and using a hand-held blender, puree until smooth. Strain through a sieve and cool completely. Taste, and reseason if necessary.
  • Yield: about 2 cups