This is food blogging how I like it best. A simple but tasty recipe using a limited amount of seasonal ingredients, prepared, eaten, and blogged about all during the same evening. The flavor still lingers as I am typing this. And today it can’t get any more seasonal than pumpkin! Roasted pumpkin is a great combination with lentils, and I served them together with rabbit leg. I used rosemary to flavor all three of them and tie the dish together. I cooked the rabbit legs sous-vide and deep-fried them to brown them easily. If you can’t get rabbit or you don’t have a sous-vide, you could always serve this with chicken instead. Here’s what I did…
For 2 servings
450 grams (1 lb) of cleaned and peeled pumpkin, preferably Hokkaido
2 rabbit legs, about 450 grams (1 lb) total weight
120 grams (2/3 cup) lentils, preferably Le Puy
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
oil for deep frying
Wash and dry the rabbit legs. Season them with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and vacuum seal with plenty of fresh rosemary.
Cook the rabbit legs sous-vide for 8 hours at 75C/167F, 2 hours at 60C/140F, 1 hour at 66C/150F. The longer cooking time will yield the best texture and flavor if you have the time.
Preheat the oven at 225C/440F. Peel the pumpkin and remove the seeds…
…and cut into pieces of 2 to 3 cm (1 inch).
Put the pumpkin in an oven proof dish and toss with 2 Tbsp olive oil, salt, and freshly ground black pepper.
Roast for 15 minutes at 225C/440F, then take out of the oven.
Turn the pumpkin pieces so they will cook evenly, and sprinkle with about a tablespoon of minced rosemary. Return to the oven…
…until the pumpkin is tender, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, wash 120 grams (2/3 cup) of lentils, and put them in a saucepan with ample water (750 ml or 3 cups). Add a sprig of rosemary and bring to a boil.
Boil the lentils, covered, for 25 minutes.
Drain the lentils and season with salt, freshly ground black pepper, and a tablespoon of good quality extra virgin olive oil.
Heat up an ample amount of frying oil in a wok or other suitable vessel to a temperature of 180C/350F.
Take the rabbit legs out of the sous-vide. Remove the rosemary…
…and pat them dry with paper towels.
Sprinkle generously with baking powder. This will increase the pH and will help with the Maillard (browning) reaction.
When the oil is 180C/350F, add the rabbit legs.
Deep fry them until golden, which should only take a couple of minutes.
Lift them out of the hot oil with a strainer, and drain on paper towels.
If you timed everything perfectly, the pumpkin, lentils, and rabbit will be ready at the same time. Serve the rabbit, pumpkin, and lentils on preheated plates.
Cajun style is an original way to prepare fish sous-vide that is very tasty.