Hasenpfeffer (Rabbit Stew)


Rabbit stew made with bacon, wine, garlic, shallots, herbs, and spices.

close up view of Hasenpfeffer (Rabbit Stew) served with mashed potatoes and greens in a bowl
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • ½ pound bacon, diced

  • 3 pounds rabbit meat, cleaned and cut into pieces

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup finely chopped shallots

  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 cup dry red wine

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon granules

  • 1 tablespoon currant jelly

  • 10 black peppercorns, crushed

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed


  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • teaspoon dried thyme, crushed


  1. Place bacon in a large skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.

  2. Sprinkle rabbit with salt and coat with flour, shaking off excess. Cook rabbit in bacon fat in the skillet over medium heat until browned. Transfer rabbit to a plate and set aside. Drain excess grease, leaving 2 tablespoons fat in the skillet.

  3. Sauté shallots and garlic in fat in the skillet until tender, about 4 minutes. Add wine, water, and bouillon. Bring to a boil, then stir in jelly, peppercorns, bay leaf, and rosemary.

  4. Return rabbit and bacon to the skillet. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer until rabbit is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.

  5. Remove bay leaf and discard. Place rabbit on a warm platter; cover to keep warm while preparing gravy.

  6. Make gravy: Stir lemon juice into cooking liquid in the skillet. Mix together water and flour in a small bowl; stir mixture into the skillet over low heat and simmer until thickened. Stir in thyme.

  7. Pour gravy over rabbit or serve in a gravy boat on the side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

767 Calories
33g Fat
22g Carbs
79g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 767
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 11g 54%
Cholesterol 300mg 100%
Sodium 894mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 79g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 13mg 70%
Potassium 1033mg 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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