Here at the Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, we love using local produce. As we are situated on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, what's local to us in the Autumn and Winter months is game.
This recipe gives a contemporary twist to a traditional rustic dish originating from Tuscany created to use up old bread. This dish complements wild rabbit perfectly but will also work with chicken, Guinea fowl or sword fish.
It's easy to prepare and uses many of the ingredients you would find at home, but offers a real wow factor when served at any dinner party or family gathering.
* Place the shallots, garlic and olive oil with a pinch of salt in a thick bottomed sauce pan and cook out very slowly (not even bubbling) for 40 minutes leave to one side. Drain off the oil when cool. You will need the oil later in the recipe.
* Using 100ml of the oil from the shallots cook the diced bread in a frying pan until golden brown drain off any excess oil place on kitchen paper and keep to one side.
* Reduce the cream by boiling in a large pan until half remains and add 50g of Parmesan cheese and a little white wine vinegar to taste.
(it is important to use the best vinegar available to you)
* A barbeque will work perfectly for the rabbit loins, alternatively fry the loins for 2-3 minutes in a hot pan and allow to rest.
* In a pan warm the cooked shallot & garlic with 2 tablespoons of the oil, add the diced calamari and cook until translucent (approximately 1 minute)
* Add the tomatoes and croutons then heat through.
* Finally add the basil and the remaining Parmesan, take off the heat and mix together.
* Re-heat the rabbit loins slice and serve on top of the panzanella in a warm bowl drizzle the Parmesan cream around and garnish with baby basil leaves.