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Rabbit and bacon burgers with chipotle coleslaw

By June 27, 2019 , , ,

Rabbit is a tasty meat, but can be a tad on the dry side. I like to add some smoked bacon to the mix for extra moisture and flavour. The coleslaw recipe is based on a Mexican slaw recipe I used to have at Wahaca restaurant in London, I've made a couple of tweaks, but its pretty near the recipe that they make. I sometimes vary the coleslaw depending on the season with either celery or fennel which goes well with the rabbit. This recipe will also work really well with chicken thigh meat too. 

500g rabbit meat (raw) minced
100g smoked streaky bacon (raw) minced
70g finely chopped spring onion and chives
5g freshly ground black pepper

I prefer to mince the rabbit meat and bacon myself using the fine grind setting on my mincer
Mix all burger ingredients together and form into burger patties, this should make about 4 good sized burgers
There is no need to season the burgers with salt as the bacon already has enough in it
When cooking the burger I like to use the cast iron grid and cook direct at 200c for about 5 minutes each side or until the core temp reaches 71c
To avoid too much charring, keep flipping the burger every couple of minutes or so
Allow to rest before serving

200g white cabbage finely sliced
1 red onion finely sliced
Juice of 2 limes
200g carrot julienned
100g celery finely sliced or 100g fennel bulb finely sliced
1 apple peeled and julienned (granny smith)

70ml mayonnaise
10ml chipotle in adobo paste
5g smoked paprika powder
5g dried oregano
Half a clove of garlic
Salt and pepper

About an hour before making the coleslaw, place the onions and apple in a bowl and pour over half the lime juice, place to one side in the fridge
Steep the garlic in just boiled water for 30 minutes to take off the rawness 
In a larger bowl, add the cabbage, carrot and celery, pour over the rest of the lime juice and season with the salt and pepper, stir to mix
Add the onion and apple and mix thoroughly

To make the dressing, mix all the ingredients together bar the garlic, in a small bowl
Grate or mince the garlic into the bowl and stir through
Season to taste with the salt and pepper

About 30 minutes before serving pour the dressing over the coleslaw and mix through
You can serve this on the side or as a burger topping

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