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Rabbit With Peanut Sauce

  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings


  • 1 (2 1/2 to 3) pound rabbit, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Emerilís Original Essence
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onions
  • 3/4 cup chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, pureed to a paste in a food processor
  • 2 cups chicken stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons whole sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 recipe Charleston Style Grits


  • Season the rabbit with the Essence.
  • Heat the oil in a large sauté pan or stockpot over medium-high heat. Add the rabbit and brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Add the onions, peppers, chili powder, cumin and salt, and cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Return the rabbit to the pan. Add the pureed sunflower seeds, chicken stock and vinegar, and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, until the rabbit is tender and falling from the bone, about 1-1/2 hours.
  • Remove the rabbit from pan and garnish with whole sunflower seeds and parsley and serve over Charleston style grits, with the sauce spooned over the top.