Backyard Lavender-Fried Rabbit with Romano Beans and Yellow Carrots
For the Braised Rabbit:
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Heat olive oil in a large, (straight-sided) sautoir pan over high heat. Season rabbit pieces with salt and pepper; sear on both sides until browned, about 10 minutes. Remove rabbit and set aside. In same pan, brown celery, carrots, and onion, about 5 minutes. Add bay leaves, peppercorns, lavender, thyme, Riesling, and return rabbit to pan. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes. Add stock, cover, and place in oven, braising until tender and falling off the bone, about 1 hour. Remove rabbit and set aside. Strain braising liquid and discard solids. Return rabbit and braising liquid to pan and cool.
For the Fried Rabbit:
Preheat deep fryer with peanut oil to 350ºF. Blend panko with lavender and thyme and set aside in a bowl or dish; put flour and buttermilk each in a bowl or dish, as well. Remove rabbit from braising liquid and let drain a bit (reserve braising liquid); toss pieces in flour, coat in buttermilk, and then dredge in panko to cover. Fry until golden, about 4 minutes. Let drain on paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
For the Romano Beans and Carrots:
In a large sauté pan on high heat, bring 2 cups of rabbit braising liquid to a simmer and add romano beans and carrots; cook until beans and carrots are tender, about 3 minutes Whisk butter into sauce and season with salt and pepper.
To Assemble and Serve:
Spoon pile of mashed potato onto plate, add carrots and beans, and drizzle with braising liquid. Top with pieces of fried rabbit and garnish with lavender.