Saddle of Rabbit in Cocoa Mustard Recipe

Staff Writer
Saddle of Rabbit in Cocoa Mustard Recipe
Phaidon Books


A spicy, sweet, and garlicky marinade makes this rabbit dish a stand-out recipe. 

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Deliver Ingredients


  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • 3 tablespoons peanut oil
  • One 3 ¼ pound rabbit, cut into small pieces
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 sprig flat leaf parsley
  • 1 sprig tarragon, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 4 chives, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 chicken bouillon cubes
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • ½ green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • ½ red bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar


Mix cocoa with the mustard and the crème fraîche and set aside. Heat the oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan. When very hot, fry the rabbit for 2-3 minutes stirring well. Add the thyme, parsley, tarragon, garlic, shallots, chives, and the bay leaves and then add enough water to cover. Dissolve the bouillon in a little water and add to the saucepan with the cocoa mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cook for 45 minutes.

In a separate saucepan, sauté the peppers in the melted butter with the sugar, then add to the cooked rabbit. Adjust the seasoning if desired. Serve hot.

Rabbit Shopping Tip

Ingredients like olive oil, shallots, mustard, cream, stock, and butter will help bring French flavors to your cooking.

Rabbit Cooking Tip

French cuisine is renowned for slow-cooked sauces, however a quick pan sauce will do just as well; after sautéing a piece of meat or fish, remove it from the pan, deglaze with brandy or wine, finish with a touch of butter or cream and voilà!