Rabbit is another of my favorites and fortunately readily available if not farmed yourself, and though Artusi mentions a well-to-do person’s being put off by the latter, they have always been popular out in the country because they’re easy to catch or raise. This recipe for stewed and roasted hare is Calabrian, but works equally well for rabbit, chicken or even quail
1 hare, chopped
2 Sweet Red onions, sliced
3 bay leaves
4 sprigs mint
Marjoram to taste
Thyme to taste
Slices of toasted bread
1/4 cup olive oil or rendered lard
A bottle of Ciró Rosso or any other good red wine
Marinate the hare in the wine with the onions and the herbs for two days, turning the meat occasionally.
Pat the meat dry, flour it, and brown it in the fat, using an oven-proof pot. Once the pieces are all browned stir in the marinade, bring to a simmer (you may want to heat the marinade separately while the meat is browning), and transfer the hare to a preheated 350 F (175 C) oven. Roast until done, spooning the liquid over the meat occasionally to keep it moist.
When the meat is done remove it to a platter and keep it warm – strain the liquid and reduce it over medium heat until it is quite thick. Spread it over the toasted bread, and serve it with the meat.
A wine? Another bottle or two of Ciró Rosso.