Rabbits can be raised as pets as well as food for both humans and other animals. When used as food, the meat is usually ground into a hamburger-type consistency and used in myriad recipes. Dog and cat foods often contain ground rabbit meat. In the case of pet foods, the bones of the rabbit are often ground to provide extra nutrients.
According to veterinarian Lisa A. Pierson, DVM, when making cat food with ground rabbit meat, the meat should remain raw and not be cooked. Cats are carnivores and carnivores best retain their nutrients from raw meat. Some nutrients are destroyed in the cooking process. However, there is an option to parboil, or partially boil, the entire carcass before grinding it to make it easier to grind. Make pet food with ground rabbit meat by grinding the entire skinned rabbit. Grind bones, meat and organs such as the liver to a hamburger-like consistency. Add two or three eggs to the mixture. Divide the mixture into individual portions and freeze. You can also purchase pre-ground rabbit meat.
Ground rabbit meat can be used in place of ground beef in many recipes. Tacos made with ground rabbit are made the same way as with any ground meat. Brown the ground rabbit in a skillet and add taco seasoning. Fill the taco shells or tortillas with the ground, seasoned rabbit meat. Add garnish like salsa, lettuce, sour cream and shredded cheese.
A whole slew of sausages can be made from ground rabbit meat. Some of the many types include Polish Kielbasa, Italian, Greek Loukaniko, breakfast sausage and Roman-style sausages. The differences all depend on the type of seasonings used. Common spices used in many sausage recipes include sage, marjoram, coarse ground pepper and salt. Depending on which type of sausage you are making, mix seasoning with the ground rabbit meat very well. Leave in a covered bowl in the refrigerator for at least two hours before shaping and frying.
Rabbit burgers are a simple way to use ground rabbit meat. Mix the meat with finely chopped garlic, parsley, minced onions, bread crumbs and one egg. Store in the refrigerator for one to two hours before shaping into patties. Fry the patties over medium heat until brown all the way through. Ground rabbit burgers can also be grilled. Eat on a bun and garnish with tomato, lettuce, cheese and pickles.
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