The Reasons for Rabbit

Always a bridesmaid.
It never seems to be rabbit’s turn. Chicken and pork have seats at the table, while rabbit, the other other white meat is a perennial third wheel.
Could this be the year that we fall in love?

The timing couldn’t be better.
We have expanded our palates by looking out at ethnic cuisines and back at heritage dishes. We spoon marrow out of roasted beef shins and relish the gelatinous succulence of simmered pigs’ feet. We don’t bat an eye at oxtail and pork jowl, and have embraced offal in its many guises.

Rabbit is the meat of choice for the ethical carnivore.
You can get six pounds of rabbit meat from the same feed and water that it takes to produce one pound of beef. In one year, rather famously, a single doe can produce ten times her own weight in the meat of her offspring. And they’re true locavores— rabbits and the grasses to feed them are found in virtually all 50 states with not a factory farm in sight.

Rabbit is a healthier meat.
Rabbit meat is lower in fat and more protein-dense than beef, pork, or chicken. There’s almost no cholesterol but lots of healthy fatty acids.

And if all that isn’t enough, 2011 is the year of the rabbit, according to the Chinese astrological cycle.

The pets-or-meat-problem.
We have always had an uneasy relationship with rabbits as food. They are cute and fluffy and starred in our Saturday morning cartoons. They bring us chocolate at Easter and are the third most popular pet in this country, after cats and dogs.

Rabbit meat is delicious— lean and mild-flavored, like a slightly sweeter, slightly gamier chicken. And like chicken, it’s a kitchen chameleon that takes well to a multitude of seasonings and preparations. Rabbits are no cuter than baby lambs and much less intelligent than chickens and pigs.

We just need to get past our silly squeamishness, and then we can fall in love with rabbit.
Bunny Plate From Etsy

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2 Responses to The Reasons for Rabbit

  1. Monet says:

    Love it! I wanted to order rabbit stew the other night, but I felt bad. Now I can go back to that restaurant and order the rabbit stew with no guilt. Thank you!

  2. Matt L. says:

    Bring rabbit on. If it’s inexpensive and tasty, who cares if some people are squeamish about eating a cute bunny.

    It’s not a kosher food, but it’s still a nice try. If it’s at Kroger, I’ll buy it.

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