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

Cultural reference[edit]

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

In D2: The Mighty Ducks as Hans makes "famous hanspfeffer and eggs".

The ABC television show Laverne & Shirley, which ran from 1976 to 1983, used the phrase "Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!" in the opening sequence for the show.

William Barfée has to spell this word in the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He uses his "Magic Foot" technique (where he spells the word on the ground with his foot) to help him spell the word and gets it correct.

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