This recipe for hare stew is one that I love to cook for friends after a long day in the field – because it’s so simple and takes a long time to cook down it’s perfect for when you’re entertaining so you can spend time looking after your guests. I’ve used Greek wine here, but any sweet red wine will do.
2 tablespoons of chilli oil
1 hare, jointed into saddle and legs
4 large banana shallots
2 large white onions
Dried basil and thyme
1 bottle of sweet Greek wine
Salt and pepper
Finely chop the shallots and onions and fry off in the chilli oil then add the hare, Fry this off with the shallots and onions until the hare is golden brown. Add the herbs and wine and cover. Place on a low heat and sit back and enjoy a glass or two of you favourite red. After a couple of hours, the meat should be falling off the bone. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve in a bowl with a bowl brimming with roasted baby new potatoes and a couple of glasses of wine (well, after all, you’ve earned it!).