Rabbit with Wine, Tomatoes and Polenta

 Rabbit and polenta

Rabbit with Wine and Tomatoes

 1 rabbit

¼ cup olive oil

4 slices of pancetta or bacon, diced

1 can of chopped Italian tomatoes

2 large onions, thinly sliced

2 green peppers, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons chopped basil or parsley

2 garlic cloves chopped

6 whole allspice

2 bay leaves

½ cup of red dry wine

salt and chilli pepper to taste

 Cut the rabbit into serving pieces. Wash and dry thoroughly. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add rabbit pieces, pancetta, onion, garlic and green peppers. Cook over medium heat until rabbit is golden on all sides. Stir in wine to deglaze the skillet. Add the remaining ingredients. Season with salt and chilli pepper. Cover skillet and cook over medium heat for an hour to an hour and half until meat is tender. Stir mixture a few times during cooking. Serve with polenta

Basic Polenta

 My husband’s family cook polenta in a copper pot, over an open flame. Constantly stirring it with a wooden spoon for 45 minutes to an hour to avoid lumps. I’m going to tell you an easier way to cook it in a microwave oven.

 1 1/2 cups polenta or yellow corn meal

4 cups cold water

1 teaspoon salt

 Put the polenta in a 2 quart Pyrex glass baking dish with a lid. Add salt.  Add enough cold water to cover the polenta by a half an inch. Stir the polenta so that it is completely saturated by the cold water. Place the lid on the glass baking dish and put it in the microwave oven on high for 10 minutes. Take the dish out and add another ½ inch of water on top of the polenta and stir the water into the polenta. Don’t worry if it has a few lumps. The lumps will disappear as it cooks. Cover it and put it back into the microwave oven for another 10 minutes. Repeat the process one more time to finish cooking. After the third cycle, stir the polenta and add a little olive oil or butter. Let the polenta cool 5 to 10 minutes or until it solidifies. The polenta will double in volume so be sure that your baking dish is large enough. You can either spoon the polenta onto a plate or turn the polenta out onto a wooden board and cut it into thick slices. The polenta doesn’t stick to the Pyrex dish making clean up a breeze. Makes 4 servings.