GRILLED POMEGRANATE RABBIT
2 3-pound rabbits cut into 1/4s
Olive oil spray
Salt and pepper
1 cup Pom pomegranate juice
½ olive oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
- Combine all the marinade ingredients in a Ziploc style plastic bag. Add the rabbit pieces, close opening and swish them around to make sure everything is well coated. Refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight.
- Prepare the grill and bring to a medium hot flame (about 450 degrees). Remove rabbit from marinade and pat dry. Add the marinade to a saucepan and reserve. Spray rabbit with olive oil and dust with salt and pepper. Place on grill, cover, and allow to brown. Turn rabbit over and brown on the other side. Reduce heat and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile, bring the marinade to a boil and reduce over high heat until slightly thickened. Strain. Remove rabbit and place on a platter and drizzle the sauce over it.
If rabbit is not available, chicken thighs or quail are good substitutions. Cooking times will vary.
FETTUCINE WITH MELON
12 ounces fettuccine, cooked with about ½ cup cooking liquid reserved
4 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons tomato paste
4 cups Tucson style melon, peeled, seeded and cut into ½ inch cubes
1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice (approximately)
Salt, pepper and a pinch of cayenne
Grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup loosely packed snipped Prosciutto
- Melt butter and olive oil in a sauté pan. Add shallots and cook over low heat until just softened. Add cream. Increase heat until cream comes to a simmer. Reduce sauce in volume by ¾. Stir in the tomato paste and then the melon. Return to a simmer and cook for about 2 minutes more. Taste and correct seasoning with lemon juice and salt and pepper.
- Reheat pasta in the reserved cooking liquid and then add to the melon sauce. Taste and again, correct seasoning with additional salt and pepper if necessary.