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A hearty, comforting Irish stew.

Gearing up to make Irish food? Look no further than renowned chef/author Clodagh McKenna. Her latest book,Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen, updates classic Irish dishes for the global palate. Basically, you won’t be boiling any beef (or if you do, it’ll be for a good reason). Catch yourself a rabbit and make a dish that’s as authentic as it is delicious. 

It may come as a surprise to many of you to read that cooking rabbit was very popular in Ireland in the early to mid-’90s. Ireland, with its expanse of woodlands, boglands and inland waterways, is an ideal habitat for all manner of game. Many families, including my grandparents, were brought up on inexpensive boiled rabbit and rabbit soup—a weekly staple in many homes. Nowadays in Ireland it is less popular, but many chefs like myself love to cook with it using cider or wines to deepen the flavor. For me, cider is the most delicious ingredient to cook with rabbit — its dry sweetness lightens the rich flavor of the meat.

Reprinted with permission from Clodagh’s Irish Kitchen