On Louisiana Eats! NOLA food icon Poppy Tooker takes us into Louisiana's wide open fields, deep waters, bustling markets, and busy kitchens. Poppy's people are carrying on the traditions of Louisiana's wholly local but universally celebrated food, from farm to table, and sometimes barroom! Poppy roams the State to find the folks whose inspiration and innovation are taking the abundant wealth of Louisiana's food culture into the future. Let's eat!
If you sit down with Joey Fonseca to discuss alligator hunting, he'll let you know that governmental regulations make his blood boil. But you'll also quickly learn that his excitement for alligator hunting is contagious. Joey's one of this week's guests whose work preserves culinary traditions.
Another is Dr. Oliver Houck, an environmental professor at Tulane. His frequent visits to the Mississippi River batture have taught him to love that mysterious place and give him a handful of stories to share. We'll also speak with Jim Heimann and Jarred Zeringue - men who've indirectly documented a time and place by preserving restaurant menus and grandma's recipes, respectably.
Louisiana Rabbit Fricassee (Serves 6)
4 tablespoons oil
6 rabbit hind legs
4 cups chicken stock
2 bay leaves
2 1/2 teaspoons thyme
1 onion, sliced
1 onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon sage
4 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper
6 cups of cooked rice
Season the rabbit legs with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy skillet and brown them on each side. Remove the legs and reserve them.
In the same oil, sauté the sliced onion until tender and translucent. Return the rabbit to the skillet and add enough chicken stock to just cover the legs. Add the bay leaves and 1/2 teaspoon of thyme. Bring it to a boil then cover and reduce the heat to a low simmer. In about 40 minutes, the meat will be tender and falling off the bones.
Remove the legs and let them cool until you can remove the meat. Reserve the meat and discard the bones. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy, 5 quart Dutch oven. Add the chopped carrots, onions and celery sautéing until tender. Add the garlic, thyme and sage. Sprinkle the sautéed veggies with flour and stir together for a couple of minutes till the raw flour taste is gone. Stir in the cooking liquid from the rabbits and their meat. Season with salt and pepper and serve the fricassee over rice.