Prepare Rabbit Roast in two Variations, genuine Mallorquin, an original Spanish Recipe

Rabbit roast recipe picture
Preparing rabbits on the grill or in the oven all over, that's what I'll show you in this article.

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The recipe Rabbit Roast, original from the Mallorquin Kitchen I present to you in this contribution. It was 38°C in the shade when I happened to stroll past Jorge’s barbecue kitchen in S’Alqueria Blanca after my shopping at noon in July, and an incomparably delicious smell came towards me. Great, my stomach growl came back to my mind and I took a closer look. Jorge turned chicken and rabbit at the openly fired, Spanish grill and braised under the grill in addition the potatoes. We both got into conversation and I was allowed to try some of the rabbit in advance. Wow, that was a pleasure! Of course I wanted to know exactly how to prepare something so delicious. So I learned Jorge’s culinary rabbit secret, which I like to share with you here.
Roast rabbit with side dishes
Roast rabbit with Mediterranean vegetables and polenta.
Rabbit with mediterranean vegetables and polenta I will show you elsewhere! © Food Photographer Thomas Sixt

1. Preparing Rabbit Roast – What you need for it

You can buy Roger Rabbit as a whole. If your butcher doesn’t have a rabbit at the moment, you can buy frozen goods in the well-stocked supermarket. First I’ll introduce you to Jorge cooking it all on the grill. However, if you don’t have the luxury grill in the garden, you can also prepare the rabbit in the oven. I would dismantle the rabbit in the kitchen for the roaster. First release the hind legs and forelegs, then the back with kidneys and fillet, leaving the belly lobes on the back so that you can bind the rabbit roast to a kidney roast.
Rabbit cuts rabbit meat at a glance
Rabbit dismantled: released and tied back front left, forelegs in the middle above, hind legs right with liver.
Cut up the rabbit: Triggered and rounded back front left, forelegs upper middle, hind legs right with liver lower right.

2. Prepare Rabbits whole on the Grill or in the Oven

2.1 Jorge’s Variant: All on the Grill

In the original version from Mallorca, the rabbit stays whole and is only freed from the innards except for the liver, kidneys and heart before the grilling, even the head stays on. Washing and dry dabbing does no harm. Then comes the most important thing: The marinade! Jorge’s gonna be painting his roast with this. He now clamps the rabbit in a kind of grill and so it comes on or to the grill. The ingenious thing about it is that the potatoes stew in the drained brew. During the grilling Jorge brushes the marinade again and again on the meat. So it stays juicy and tender!
Rabbit in the grill
Rabbit in the grill, the roast is cooked whole!
Rabbits in the grill, the roast is prepared whole!
Pluck the herbs and lay them ready on a pile.
Prepare and pluck herbs.
Thyme and rosemary are typical herbs of Mediterranean cuisine.
Rabbit grilled ready
Rabbit with head and giblets grilled. The roast smells delicious and with this variant we become aware that it is a living being that has sacrificed its life. Many Thanks!
Rabbits with head and innards ready grilled. The roast smells delicious and with this variation we become aware that it is a living being who has sacrificed his life. Thank you!
Cut up the rabbit roast
The grilled rabbit is professionally cut up.
The grilled rabbit is professionally disassembled.
Rabbit head
It should be noted that gourmets love the tender meat on the cheeks. As with fish, it's the best meat!
It remains to be noted that gourmets love the tender meat from the cheeks. As with fish, it is the best meat!

2.2 Oven Variant: Prepare Rabbit in the Roaster or on the Baking Tray

The variant for at home and in the oven goes as follows… Use a large roaster or a flat, high baking tray. About 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time, spread the roast with honey and lemon juice and flavour with it.
Fresh garlic in a bundle
Fresh garlic in a bundle.
Fresh garlic in a bundle in spain

3. Which side Dishes go with it?

In the simplest variant, this dish is only served with potatoes. These simply cook with the grill or in the oven. This is very practical.
Rabbit legs with potatoes
The simplest side dish to this dish are potatoes that have been cooked in half.
The simplest side dish of this dish is the halved potatoes. The glazed rabbit legs look magnificent! Of course there are other side dishes to go with it, try a Ratatouille or the typical vegetables of the Balearic Islands, Tumbet…
tumbet delicious vegetables
Vegetable preparation of the Mallorcan cuisine, known as tumbet.
Vegetable preparation of Mallorcan cuisine, known as tumbet. These are layered potatoes, courgettes, eggplants and tomato sauce. Aioli – the traditional garlic mayonnaise with rollado – is a popular dish in Spain. Rollado is the delicious cold tomato sauce, seen in the middle of the picture.
Aioli, rollado, olives and bread
Typical bread side dishes in Mallorcan cuisine are aioli, olives and aioli.
Typical bread side dishes in Mallorcan cuisine are aioli, olives and rollado.

4. Rabbit Roast Recipe Mallorcan Style

Roast rabbit according to original Spanish recipe

A guide, discovered, photographed and written down by professional chef and food photographer Thomas Sixt.

Servings 4 Persons
Calories 474
Total Time 90 Min.
Prepare rabbit roast according to the original Spanish recipe. Mallorcan rabbit shown in two variations: Prepared on the grill or in the oven. Many photos and step by step tips and information. Good luck!

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Rabbit roast recipe picture
Preparing rabbits on the grill or in the oven all over, that's what I'll show you in this article.

Preparation Time

30 Min.

Cook Time

60 Min.

Ingredients

Prepare Rabbit

1 pc Rabbit (Stall hare, disassemble as shown in article)
1 tbs Olive oil
Salt (I use Ursalz or Himalayan salt)
8-10 pinches black pepper
1 tsp Sweet paprika
1 pc Lemon
1-3 pc glove of garlic
1 bunch thyme (I'm using fresh herbs here!)
1 bunch Rosemary
250 ml dry white win (Only for the oven version)
1 tsp honey

Potatoes

300 g Potatoes

Instruction

Rabbit cuts rabbit meat at a glance
Rabbit dismantled: released and tied back front left, forelegs in the middle above, hind legs right with liver.

Prepare the rabbit parts as described in the article or prepare the rabbit rabbit whole. You can use a roaster or a deep baking tray for the oven version or prepare it on your grill. In the oven, a temperature of 180°C hot air has proved to be the best, pay attention to a strong starting temperature when grilling in the open air and then let the roast cook to the end comfortably with medium grill embers.

Finely dice the garlic.
Cut the garlic into fine cubes.

Mix olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, lemon grater and fine garlic clove crushed with salt and rub generously into the roast.

Baked potatoes ingredients on a board.
Ingredients for baked potatoes

Cut the potatoes in half and cook either on the baking tray or on the grill rack. Season the potatoes with salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme.

Rabbit in the grill
Rabbit in the grill, the roast is cooked whole!

Place the prepared rabbit roast in a roaster in the oven or alternatively on the grill rack. Put half of thyme and rosemary to the meat, so that the rabbit roast aromatizes excellently.

Rabbit legs with potatoes
The simplest side dish to this dish are potatoes that have been cooked in half.

Use the remaining thyme and rosemary to brush with the remaining marinade. Alternatively, add white wine in the oven after 35 minutes and spread the gravy on the roast again and again.

Squeeze the lemons
Squeeze lemon juice yourself

Squeeze the lemon and mix it with the honey, spread the honey marinade on the roast towards the end of the cooking time and add it to the meat.

Roast rabbit recipe picture
Preparing rabbits on the grill or in the oven as a whole, I'll show you in this post.

Trigger and arrange the roast according to taste, serve on warm plates.

5. Nutritional values and calories

6. Further recommendations

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