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I'm looking for a good recipe for Lemmings. Any ideas?

Suggestions for a nice paired wine would be appreciated.


Posted - July 11


  • 2593
    Do you mean lemmings as in the herbivorous rodent?

    I've been a vegetarian for 42 years, but haven't forgotten how to cook various meats.

    We don't have lemmings in Australia but I'd guess any recipe that suits rabbit would do.

    Rabbits do well in any recipe for poultry - so start with one of your favourite chicken dishes and just substitute.

    3 bases that would do well:

    Ratatouille. Sear brown the meat pieces first, then add the ratatouille and braise till tender.

    Root veg. stew
    Slow-cooked stew for older, tougher animals - put pieces into a big pot with carrot, onion, crushed garlic, celery, 5 bayleafs, handful parsley, tspn thyme, pepper & salt to taste, enough water to just cover. Put a lid on and slow cook on low flame for four hours.
    Or achieve the same in a pressure cooker. Let the cooker reach pressure, then turn down to a steady hiss and cook for half an hour.

    Pre-braise the rabbit/lemming/poultry pieces in vegetable stock till tender and almost falling off the bone.
    Fry onions and garlic in olive oil,
    Add butter and fry chopped mushrooms till tender.
    Remove solids and set aside
    Sprinkle a tablespoon of wholemeal flour across the liquids and stir to make a roux paste.
    Turn down the heat and add a splash of milk or cream. Stir till well blended.
    Keep adding more milk or cream till you have a thick straw-coloured sauce similar in texture to a bechamel.
    Don't add salt (plenty in the butter).
    Add pepper to taste.
    Return the onions, garlic and mushrooms to the sauce and fold through. Remove from flame.
    You can add the braised meat to the sauce and then serve.
    Or you can pour the sauce on the plate and then sit the braised pieces in it.

    All versions, serve with steamed green vegies or a leafy green salad with vinaigrette and fresh orange dressing.


    Rabbit Cooking Hints and Tricks -

    Rabbit meat freezes very well, either cooked or raw.

    It takes 60 to 90 minutes to cook rabbit meat at 325F (160C).

    For safety, cook rabbit until it reaches 160 degrees F. 

    Test by inserting a thermometer.

    As rabbit is a lean meat, it is important to baste it often when roasting to avoid it drying out.

    Young rabbit can be sautéed or braised, but older rabbit is tougher and should be slow cooked or stewed.

    Rabbit meat can be grilled, roasted, braised, fried or barbecued. It also makes great terrines and pates, and the liver and kidneys are delicious.

    Rabbit can easily be used in recipes calling for chicken, turkey and veal.

    Excellent rabbit seasonings include parsley, rosemary, sage, bay leaf, lemon-grass, coriander, and basil.

    Rabbit may be soaked in a marinade of sugar or honey, red wine, or olive oil seasoned with herbs.

    Fryer rabbit can replace chicken in almost any recipe, but if you’ve never cooked rabbit before, it’s a great idea to start with a trusted recipe.

    When barbecuing rabbit, marinate the meat first or baste it with a mix of lemon juice and olive oil with herbs. Grill it first on high heat, than continue to cook it on medium heat for a further 40 to 45 minutes with the lid closed.

    Fresh herbs marry very well with rabbit meat. Try basil, lemon grass, coriander, bay leaf, parsley, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, and sage. It also works well with wine-based sauces and fruit sauces made with raspberry, pear and apple.

    Use rabbit legs as a substitute for chicken in paella or other dishes.

    Though white wine is often used to deglaze the pan that rabbit is sautéed in, you can also use grappa (the fiery Italian clear brandy) and balsamic vinegar.

    Rabbit liver is unusually large and unusually delicious. Sear it on both sides in clarified butter, leaving it pink inside. Then add a few shallots to the pan with some wine, port or brandy and cook a few minutes. Process with a touch of cream, salt, pepper and a pinch of allspice or nutmeg for quick pate.

    When roasting whole, buttered or lard with pork back fat, or wrap in foil to keep the flesh moist and tender. Or bone the main body and fill with a stuffing. Baste the rabbit frequently during cooking.

    Marinate in wine or olive oil, with aromatic vegetables and seasonings, before cooking to help tenderize the meat. 


    Although a rabbit can be roasted whole (stuffed or unstuffed), it is most often cut into pieces and cooked slowly in a casserole or stew.

    Jointing a Rabbit-

    1. Lay the rabbit, on its back, on a chopping board and cut the legs away from the main carcass with a large chef’s knife. (To cut right through the bone, it may be necessary to tap the back of the knife with a kitchen weight or mallet, protecting the back of the knife with a cloth.)

    2. Cut down the center of the legs to separate them. Then divide each leg in two, cutting through the knee joint. Cut the body into three or four pieces, making the last cut just below the ribcage

    3. Cutting lengthwise through the center of the breastbone, divide the ribcage section in half. If you wish to remove small bones from the flesh around the breastbone, use pliers or pull them with your fingers.


    Poach or braise young rabbits; stew or casserole older ones.

    Use a rabbit to make a terrine. Grind the rabbit meat with 2 shallots and mix in 2 eggs, two-thirds cup heavy cream, 2 tbsp. shelled pistachios, 1 tbsp. dried cranberries, 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley, and seasonings. Place in a pot lined with bacon slices and bake in a water bath at 350 degrees F for 2 hours. Add 1 and one-quarter cups liquid aspic after cooking. Allow to cool and refrigerate until set.

    Roasting rabbit-
    To roast a rabbit, rub it down with olive oil and chopped herbs and place it in a roasting pan. It may then be baked just like a chicken, at about 350 degrees F. (A 2 pound rabbit takes about 1 – 1 1/2 hours to cook at this temperature.)

    Braising rabbit-
    Begin by browning the rabbit in a little olive oil. Then place the meat in a pot and cover it about a quarter of the way with water. Cover the pot and allow the meat to simmer for about an hour.

    Stewing rabbit-
    Chop the rabbit meat into small pieces (about one inch square). If desired, roll in flour or seasonings. In a preheated pan with a little olive oil added, brown the meat on every side. Place the meat in a large pot and cover with boiling water. Cover the pan with a well-fitted lid and simmer for at least two hours, or until meat is tender. Add vegetables to the last hour of cooking.

    Sautéing rabbit-
    Thin cuts of rabbit (no more than one inch thick) are suitable for sauteing. First, preheat a pan and add a small amount of olive oil. Place the rabbit in the pan and brown both sides, cooking until it reaches 160 degrees F.

    Shreaded rabbit–You can use either stove or crockpot to cook the rabbit ahead of time. But don’t boil it… simmer it very gently so it barely bubbles. Simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until meat falls of bones, Remove and allow to cool. When cool,pull meat from the bones and shred. You can freeze the meat for later use or make all kind off foods with this! I have made Rabbit Tacos,Rabbit Salad Sandwiches,so much more. I like to use apple juice for part of the liquid. I use a bay leaf or two, some herbs and some black pepper and allspice for seasonings.

    Here’s a very simple but tasty grilled rabbit recipe for the outdoor barbecue. Preparation time, 15 minutes, Cooking time, 80 minutes. Serves 4 to 6.

    1 fryer rabbit, cut up
    1-1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp pepper
    1/2 cup cooking oil
    1/2 cup sherry
    1-1/2 tsp seasoned salt
    Rub rabbit with salt and pepper; place over medium hot bed of live coals. You can use a gas grill. Make sauce by mixing oil, wine and seasoned salt together. Keep rabbit well basted with sauce, turn often while cooking 1 hour or until rabbit pieces are tender.

      July 11, 2019 9:19 PM MDT

  • 11096
    You should only eat Lemmings after the Fall is over .....:( 
      July 12, 2019 12:55 AM MDT

  • 11096
    It's a Cull'inary de'light then   :)
      July 12, 2019 12:58 AM MDT

  • 41826
    Lemming meringue pie?

    This post was edited by TRUMP IS MURDERING ALLIES at July 12, 2019 12:59 AM MDT
      July 12, 2019 12:56 AM MDT

  • 11096
    Why does buttered toast always fall the buttered side down :( ? 
      July 12, 2019 1:00 AM MDT

  • 11096
    Ratatouille with Lemming stuffing....:) 
      July 12, 2019 1:07 AM MDT