Roast Rabbit with Sage Stuffing

1 (5 pound) dressed rabbit

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

6 slices bacon, cut in half

Sage Stuffing:

6 cups bread crumbs

1-1/2 cups onion, finely diced

1 cup celery, leaves and stalk, finely diced

3/4 tablespoons sage

1-1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3/4 cup melted butter or margarine

Mix bread crumbs, onion, celery and seasoning. Add melted butter or margarine slowly, tossing mixture lightly with a fork.

Wash rabbit in lukewarm water, drain and dry. Remove one third of fat from inside rabbit. Sprinkle inside rabbit with one teaspoon salt and stuff with sage stuffing. Skewer vent by inserting several toothpicks through skin from side to side. Lace with string, tying end securely. Fasten both fore and hind legs with toothpicks and string. Make several small slits in the less fat parts of the rabbit and insert small pieces of bacon. Sprinkle outside with one half teaspoon salt and one fourth teaspoon pepper. Place on side on a greased rack in a shallow baking pan and roast at 375 degrees for 25 minutes per pound. Turn rabbit when it is half done.

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