Stifado (Rabbit casserole with onions)

Stifado (Rabbit casserole with onions)

Serves : 4
Prep time : 20 min
Cook time : 2 hours 15 min


  • 125 ml (1/2 cup)extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea saltFresh ground black pepper
  • 4 haunches of rabbit (or 1 rabbit in pieces)
  • 12 fresh garlic cloves, peeled*
  • 500 ml (2 cups) small grey shallots, peeled and whole
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) fresh thyme
  • 30 ml (2 tablespoons) fresh rosemary
  • 4 small cinnamon sticks1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 500 ml (2 cups) chicken broth


— Preheat oven to 190 ˚C (375 ˚F).

— Heat oil in a large saucepan. Season the rabbit generously and brown it on all sides. Add garlic and shallots, and continue cooking for 2 minutes.

— Add thyme, rosemary, cinnamon, zest and lemon juice. Moisten with the chicken broth and adjust seasoning. Cover and bake on the centre rack of the oven for approximately 2 hours, turning the meat 2 to 3 times during cooking time.

NOTE — Serve with mashed potatoes and sautéed rapinis. Chicken and veal are easy to find and are as delicious for this dish.

* Favor fresh garlic when using it whole.