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Type Stew
Place of origin Germany
Main ingredients Rabbit 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.


Hase is German for "hare" and Pfeffer is German for "pepper",[2] 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]

The 1962 Looney Tunes short Shiskabugs features Yosemite Sam as a palace cook who is ordered by the king to prepare hasenpfeffer, but who 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. The word "hasenpfeffer" is repeated many times by all three characters in the cartoon as a running gag, with the haughty king at one point dramatically yelling "Cook! Where's my hasenpfeffer?!"

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

In the Broadway musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a character sings a song called Magic Foot where he is shown spelling out the word.

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. ^ South Dakota Conservation Digest. South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. 1962. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "'Laverne & Shirley' Reunion: 5 Fun Facts From the Cast". Retrieved November 4, 2015.

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