Hunters and friends of hunters now have freezers full of venison, pheasant and other game. This is the week to use it up. Today's recipe comes from epicurious.com and was published in the May 2002 issue of Bon Appetit magazine.
1 2 1/2-pound rabbit, cut into 8 pieces
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 pound white-skinned potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 bell peppers, sliced
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 1/4 cups sliced pitted brine-cured Sicilian green olives
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1/3 cup drained capers
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
3 fresh thyme sprigs
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup (or more) water
Fresh Italian parsley sprigs
Rinse rabbit and pat dry; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat 4 tablespoons oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add rabbit to pot and brown, turning often, about 8 minutes per batch. Transfer rabbit to bowl. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to pot. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes. Mix in potatoes, bell peppers, tomatoes, olives, celery, capers, garlic, and thyme; cook 5 minutes. Mix in vinegar and 1/4 cup water. Add rabbit. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes. Spoon some of vegetable mixture over rabbit. Cover and simmer until rabbit is tender, stirring occasionally and adding more water by 1/4 cupfuls if mixture is dry, about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon vegetables into large dish. Top with rabbit. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.