Rabbit Confit Cannelloni with Sweet English Peas, Morel Mushrooms and Black Winter Truffle Sauce
Chef Willis Loughhead of Biscaya Grill, Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove - Miami, FL
Adapted by StarChefs.com
June 2009
Yield:12 Servings


1 whole Rabbit
1 bottle white wine
4 cloves garlic
4 shallots
1 pound Cippiolini onions
1 pound white domestic mushrooms, sliced
1 cup water
1 pound dried morel mushrooms
1 pound fresh English peas, shucked
2 Tablespoons whole unsalted butter
8 Fresh square pasta sheets
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Black truffle sauce:
4 large canned black truffles
16 ounces chicken stock
2 cups red wine
2 tablespoons butter
Maldon sea salt to taste

Fresh basil
Fresh chervil
Fresh Italian parsley
Fresh sage
Maldon sea salt to taste


To prepare rabbit confit cannellonni: Salt the rabbit and place it in a small heavy braising pan with oil. Sear until golden brown on all sides. Add the onions and garlic and caramelize. Add the butter and sauté the mushrooms. Deglaze with white wine and add enough olive oil to cover the rabbit ¾ of the way. Add salt, water and pepper to the liquid. Gently simmer for about one hour, or until the rabbit meat is falling off of the bone.

Take the rabbit out of the liquid and allow it to cool. Reduce the cooking liquid by 1/3 and then purée it with an immersion Vita-Prep® blender. Reconstitute the morels and cook the peas in this liquid, then strain.

Pull all of the meat off of the rabbit and shred loosely into a mixing bowl. Roughly chop the morels and add the peas to the rabbit. Reduce the liquid to sauce consistency. Add liquid to the rabbit mixture - add enough to suspend the mixture to make a filling. Reserve the liquid.

Place mixture on the pasta and roll to form the cannelloni. Chill until ready to serve.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Place one cannelloni per person in a shallow baking pan and cover with the reserved braising liquid. Cover and place in the oven for twenty minutes.

To prepare black truffle sauce: Combine chicken stock and red wine; reduce to sauce consistency. Add truffles and butter and mix in a Vita-Prep® blender. Add salt to taste.

To plate: Place cannelloni on plate and sauce with truffle sauce. Tear the herbs, sprinkle over cannelloni, and drizzle with olive oil. Garnish with Maldon sea salt.

Recommended wine pairing:
Far Niente, Chardonnay, Napa 2001 or Roshambo, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa 2001.