20 Mar Rabbit White Pudding with Burnt Apple Puree and Pickled Celeriac
This recipe is really straight forward and is the perfect alternative to the usual bunny burgers that many often turn to when cooking rabbit. Popular in Ireland, Scotland and Northumberland, white pudding is similar to Black Pudding – but without the blood.
We love to serve rabbit white pudding lightly fried with a simple burnt apple puree, pickled celeriac and watercress. It’s also delicious served cold with pickles.
For the Rabbit White Pudding (serves 8-10 as a starter)
- 500g rabbit (minced)
- 300g pork belly minced
- 100g breadcrumbs
- 100g porridge oats (toasted if you want some extra flavour)
- 100ml cider vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
- A good pinch of mace
- 2 teaspoons chopped thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon chopped chervil
- Line a 1kg terrine tin with two layers of clingfilm, leaving lots around the edges so you can fold it over later.
- Preheat your oven to 160.c
- In a large mixing bowl, mix together the rabbit, pork, breadcrumbs, porridge oats, vinegar, salt white pepper, mace, thyme and chopped chervil.
- Transfer the mix to your terrine tin and pack down as tightly as you can filling the gaps all the way to the corners.
- Bring the overlapped clingfilm over the surface pudding and cover completely.
- Put the filled terrine tin into a deep roasting tray and fill two thirds of the way up with boiling water.cover the tray with foil to lock in the steam. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Once cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature and chill overnight in the fridge.
For the Burnt Apple Puree
- 500g apples
- 100ml pale ale
- 35g butter
- Small pinch of ground fennel seeds
- A good pinch of salt
- A dash of cider vinegar
- Preheat a chargrill pan on a medium heat
- Split the apples in half and caramelise slowly just to a point before they are burning
- Remove from the pan and roughly chop
- Add the apples to a heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to the boil with the ale, butter, fennel seed and salt. Once the apples are soft and little liquid remains place in to a blender.
- Blend until smooth adding a dash of the vinegar.
- If the puree isn’t as smooth as you would like it then you can push the pulp through a sieve leaving you with a silky smooth puree
For the Pickled Celeriac
- ¼ of a small celeriac
- 1 red onion
- Juice of 2 limes
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of sugar
- 1 tbsp of cider vinegar
- Pinch of mustard seeds
- 1 cardamom pod
- Peel and finely cut the celeriac into matchsticks.
- Finely slice the red onion and place into a bowl with the celeriac.
- Place the lime juice and vinegar into a small pot and heat to just below boiling.
- Add the spices the the lime juice and add to the bowl of celeriac.
- Stir and make sure everything is coated in the pickling liquid.
- Cover with cling film and allow to stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.
To assemble the dish:
- Fry thick slices of the pudding in a mix of butter and oil in a pan.
- Place a small amount of puree onto a warm plate and top with the golden edged white pudding.
- Garnish with the pickled vegetables and finish with a small bundle of watercress.
Photography by Simon Weller.