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Place of originGermany
Main ingredientsRabbit or hare, onions, wine

Hasenpfeffer is a traditional German stew made from marinated rabbit or hare,[1] cut into stewing-meat sized pieces and braised with onions and a marinade made from wine and vinegar.[2]


Hase is German for "hare", and pfeffer is German for "pepper",[3] 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 popular culture[edit]

The 1962 Looney Tunes short Shishkabugs features Yosemite Sam as a palace cook who is ordered by the king to prepare hasenpfeffer, but he does not know what hasenpfeffer is. Upon learning from a book of recipes that the main ingredient is rabbit, he sets about trying to capture Bugs Bunny for the dish.

In the opening credits of the American sitcom Laverne & Shirley, Laverne and Shirley recite a Yiddish-American hopscotch chant: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated."[4][5]

In D2: The Mighty Ducks, Jan's breakfast specialty is hasenpfeffer and eggs.

In the Season 9 episode of The Office titled Dwight Christmas, Dwight suggests having an “authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas” where the office workers have gluhwein and hasenpfeffer.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sheraton, M. (2010). The German Cookbook: A Complete Guide to Mastering Authentic German Cooking. Random House Publishing Group. p. pt380. ISBN 978-0-307-75457-8. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Hasenpfeffer (German Rabbit Stew)". Wide Open Eats. Archived from the original on 9 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  3. ^ South Dakota Conservation Digest. 29–31. South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. 1962. Retrieved January 12, 2017 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "'Laverne & Shirley' Reunion: 5 Fun Facts From the Cast". abcnews.go.com. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Nolen, J.J.; Lazor, D.; Varney, J. (2015). New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited. Chronicle Books LLC. p. 140. ISBN 978-1-4521-3648-6. Retrieved January 12, 2017.

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