ballotine of culzean estate rabbit, candied cauliflower, pickled vegetables

sam carswell

sam carswell

8th December 2010
sam carswell

ballotine of culzean estate rabbit, candied cauliflower, pickled vegetables

Ballotine of culzean estate rabbit, candied cauliflower, pickled vegetables, a la greque style.


  • Ballotine of culzean estate rabbit, candied cauliflower, pickled vegetables
  • 2 wild rabbits, skinned and gutted
  • 150g chcken , diced
  • 1 egg
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1 sprig of tarragon, leaves picked and chopped
  • 1 tsp truffle peelings
  • 1 tbsp duckfat
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 bulbs garlic crushed
  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 savoy cabbage
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 125g butter
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 300ml olive oil
  • 200ml white wine vinegar100ml vegetable stock
  • 100g broad beans
  • 50g haricot vert
  • 1 carrot, diced in ½ cm cubes
  • 1 punnet of shimeji mushrooms
  • Salt and black pepper


Remove the rabbit legs and salt for 1 hour and 30 minutes. De-bone the saddle and divide into four loins.
For the chicken mousse; blitz the chicken in a food processor with the egg. Slowly add the double cream.
Once fully blitzed, pass through a fine sieve and add the truffle and tarragon, season with salt and black pepper, then leave in the fridge for an hour.
For the ballotine;
Rinse the salt off the rabbit legs, vac pac them with the duck fat, rosemary and garlic, and cook in a water bath for 1 hour 45 minutes at 90oc.
Blanch six leaves of cabbage and refresh in iced water. Dry on a cloth and remove the main vein, then using a rolling pin, roll them flat inside the cloth to remove all moisture.
Lay out cling film on a flat surface, double it over and lay pieces of cabbage on top.
Once the rabbit legs are cooked, rest them for 10 minutes, then refresh.
Dice the leg meat and mix with the chicken mousse. Spread a thin layer of mousse over half the cabbage, then place on two loins, top to tail and cover with plenty of mousse.
Repeat with the next two loins, so opposite ends are on top cover with the rest of the mousse and mould into a round shape.
Roll the ballotine in cling film tightly, then vac pac and cook at 68oc for 35 minutes. Once cooked , refresh in iced water.
Leave in fridge till ready to be sliced.
For the candied cauliflower;
Cut into small pieces and set aside a couple of florets. Heat the rapeseed oil to a high heat and carmelise the cauliflower till lightly browned.
De-glaze with a splash of water.
Add the shallots and cook until softened.
Add the butter and cook for a further 10 minutes.
Cover with chicken stock and cook for 10 minutes.
Remove from the pan and place in a thermomix.
Blitz on speed 10 for 10 minutes until smooth.
Season with salt and sherry vinegar and pass through a fine sieve.
Pour into a sauce bottle.
For the a la greque vegetables;
Mix the olive oil, white wine vinegar and vegetable stock together.
Season with a little salt.
Blanch the broad beans and haricot vert in salted boiling water, and refresh in iced water.
Pop the broad beans out of their shells and cut the haricot vert into 1cm batons.
Cut the reserved florets into small pieces.
Warm half the a la greque dressing and add tha carrot, cauliflower and shimeji mushrooms and cook until al dente.
To serve;
Slice the ballotine into 2cm slices and place in the centre of the plate.
Place the dressed beans and carrots around the plate, with dots of cauliflower in between.
Rub a drop of the dressing on top of the ballotine to give a shine and garnish with red amaranth and frisee leaves.
Sam carswell 2010.

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