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|Place of origin||Germany|
|Main ingredient(s)||Rabbit or hare, onions, wine|
Hase is German for 'hare' and Pfeffer is German for '(black) pepper,' although here it refers generically to the spices and seasonings in the dish overall, as with the German ginger cookies called pfeffernüsse. Seasonings typically include fresh cracked black pepper or whole peppercorns, and the following: salt, onions, garlic, lemon, sage, thyme, rosemary, allspice, juniper berries, cloves, and/or bay leaf.
In Bavaria and Austria, the cuisines of which have been influenced by neighboring Hungarian and Czech culinary traditions, sweet and/or hot paprika can also be an ingredient. In the North American pioneer era, German immigrants frequently cooked squirrels in the same manner.
Hasenpfeffer gained in popularity due to references in the Looney Tunes cartoons of Bugs Bunny, who was frequently threatened with being turned to hasenpfeffer, such as in the 1962 short, Shishkabugs. In episode 2 of the 4th season of Hogan's Heroes (List of Hogan's Heroes episodes), Carter builds a rabbit trap in order to catch a rabbit for LeBeau to make into hasenpfeffer. It is also mentioned, notably, in the opening sequence of the television program Laverne & Shirley.