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Rabbit pie

Prep time 30 mins to 1 hour
Cook time 30 mins to 1 hour
Serves 4


  1. Cut up the rabbit (which should be young), remove the breast-bone and bone the legs.

  2. Put the rabbit, slices of ham, forcemeat balls and hard-boiled eggs, by turns, in layers, and season each layer with pepper, salt, pounded mace and grated nutmeg.

  3. Pour in about 300ml/½pt water, cover with a pastry crust, and bake in a well-heated oven for about 1½hour. Should the crust acquire too much colour, place a piece of paper over it to prevent it from burning.

  4. When done, pour in at the top, by means of the hole in the middle of the crust, a little good gravy, which may be made of the breast and leg bones of the rabbit and 2 or 3 shank-bones, flavoured with onion, herbs and spices.


  • 1 rabbit
  • a few slices ham or bacon
  • salt and white pepper to taste
  • 2 blades pounded mace
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • a few forcemeat balls
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 300ml/½ pt gravy
  • puff pastry crust

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