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Type Stew
Place of origin Germany
Main ingredients Rabbit or hare, onions, wine
Cookbook: Hasenpfeffer  Media: Hasenpfeffer

Hasenpfeffer is a traditional German stew made from marinated rabbit or hare, cut into stewing-meat sized pieces and braised with onions and a marinade made from wine and vinegar.

Hase is German for "hare" and pfeffer is German for "pepper", although the culinary context 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, along with salt, onions, garlic, lemon, sage, thyme, rosemary, allspice, juniper berries, cloves, and bay leaf.

In Bavaria and Austria, the cuisines of which have been influenced by neighboring Hungarian and Czech culinary traditions, hasenpfeffer can include sweet or hot paprika. In the North American pioneer era, German immigrants frequently cooked squirrels in the same manner.[citation needed]

In popular culture[edit]

Hasenpfeffer comprises an essential plot device in the 1962 Looney Tunes cartoon Shishkabugs.

It is also mentioned in the theme song to the American sitcom "Laverne & Shirley".

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