As much as I hate to repeat ideas on this blog, sometimes I get a craving for a dish I have made and talked about in the past. Well, quail season opened yesterday and though I saw about fifty the day before, there was not one bird around to greet me on opening day.
I am an opportunistic forager though, and so in the final minutes of legal hunting light I got a nice fat jackrabbit!
I butchered him out with stone tools and after a quick braze in a cast iron skillet it was into the crockpot with him.
It never ceases to amaze me how much meat a single Jack will yield!
After the meat started falling off of the bones I sautéed it up with spices in style similar to carnitas!
My carnitas-style rabbit tacos with homemade pico de gallo (fresh salsa) were exquisite!
Well, dinner last night only used up about 1/4 of the meat from that rabbit so I will be making all kinds of wild rabbit goodies this week. I am even thinking Cornish pasties. But we'll see if I have time. It turns out grad school is pretty demanding...who would have thought?
Keep the old ways alive!