Rabbit and Crawfish Stargazy Pie

  • Serves

    serves 4-6


In this whimsically constructed pie from restaurateur and cookbook author Mark Hix, rabbit and sweet crawfish form a thick, creamy, cider-rich sauce under a biscuitlike beef suet crust.


For the Pastry

  • 3 oz. beef suet (from your butcher), chilled and coarsely grated
  • 1 12 cups self-rising flour, plus more for dusting
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, frozen and coarsely grated
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 eggs, 1 whole, 1 lightly beaten
  • 13 cup ice-cold water

For the Filling

  • 14 cup canola oil
  • 2 (2 1/2-lb.) rabbits, cut into 8 pieces each
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 34 cup flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 13 cup dry hard apple cider
  • 12 oz. fresh or frozen crawfish meat, plus 7 whole head-on crawfish
  • 14 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp. minced parsley


Step 1

Make the pastry: Pulse suet, flour, butter, salt, and whole egg in a food processor into pea-sized crumbles. Add water; pulse until pastry forms. Flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap; chill until ready to use.

Step 2

Make the filling: Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over high. Season rabbit with salt and pepper; working in batches, cook until browned, 12–15 minutes, and transfer to a bowl. Add remaining oil, the butter, and onion to pan; cook until onion is soft, 4–6 minutes. Sprinkle in flour; cook 2 minutes. Whisk in stock and cider; boil. Reduce heat to medium and return rabbit to pan; cook, slightly covered, until tender, about 1 hour. Transfer rabbit to a bowl, and let cool; shred meat, discarding bones. Stir rabbit, the crawfish meat, cream, parsley, salt, and pepper into sauce.

Step 3

Assemble and bake the pie: Heat oven to 400°. Pour filling into a 9" pie plate. On a lightly floured surface, roll pastry into an 11" circle, about 1⁄6" thick. Brush the edges of pie plate with remaining beaten egg and lay pastry over top; crimp edges to seal. Cut seven 1" holes in the pastry about 1″ from the edges; insert whole crawfish, tails first, leaving heads and claws poking out. Brush top of pastry with egg; bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

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