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Rotolo di coniglio

Australian Gourmet Traveller Italian recipe for rotolo di coniglio (rolled rabbit in white wine) by Anna Maria Eoclidi

By Anna Maria Eoclidi
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Rotolo di coniglio
“My father used to keep rabbits and would cook this for us as a special feast on some Sundays. This was his favourite dish. Rabbit meat has a very soft and delicate taste and is often fed to babies and young children.” - Anna Maria Eoclidi
Rolled rabbit in white wine


  • 1 bunch each of rosemary and sage, finely chopped
  • 1 (about 2.3kg) rabbit, bones removed (see note)
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
  • 150 gm thinly sliced flat pancetta
  • 500 ml (2 cups) dry white wine


  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180C. Combine rosemary and sage with a few pinches of sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Open rabbit out and lay skin side down with longest side horizontal to you, drizzle with 60ml (¼ cup) oil and rub herbs over, then lay pancetta over the herbs and press down lightly. Roll rabbit away from you, into a cylinder, tucking in any loose pieces before finishing the roll, then secure with kitchen string at 5cm intervals.
  • 2
    Place rabbit in a baking dish and rub with remaining olive oil. Pour over 300ml wine and cook, turning several times and adding small amounts of remaining wine each time to keep the bottom of the dish from drying out, until golden and cooked through (45-50 minutes).
  • 3
    Thickly slice rabbit, arrange on a platter and serve immediately with pan juices drizzled over and with <a href="patate_al_forno.htm">patate al forno</a>.


Rabbit may need to be ordered ahead, ask your butcher to bone it for you.
Drink Suggestion: Gutturnio firmo or a sangiovese (of the Colli Piacentini region). Drink suggestion by Anna Maria Eoclidi

  • Author: Anna Maria Eoclidi