Hasenpfeffer (also spelled "hasenfeffer") is a traditional German
stewmade from marinated rabbitor hare. "Pfeffer" is not only the name of a spice, but also for a dish where the animal's blood is used as a gelling agentfor the sauce. Wine or vinegar is also a prominent ingredient, to lend a sourness to the recipe.
In the USA and perhaps elsewhere, squirrel is frequentlyFact|date=May 2008 substituted for rabbit. This substitution is accepted as authentic by the families of German immigrantsFact|date=May 2008. The substitution of chicken, although common, is not considered authentic.
In popular American culture
In American culture, the word "hasenpfeffer" is known primarily from the opening sequence of the television series "
Laverne & Shirley", where the girls recite a Yiddish hopscotch ("One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight! Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!").
Max Fleischer's animated version of " Minnie the Moocher", Betty Boopis angrily accused by her old world immigrant parents of not eating her hasenpfeffer and sauerbraten.
In a popular
Bugs Bunnycartoon, " Shishkabugs" ( 1962), a Charles Laughton-like king orders his cook ( Yosemite Sam) to bring him the aforementioned dish, resulting in difficulty for Bugs. In an earlier cartoon, " Bowery Bugs" ( 1949), Bugs lamented on the problems rabbits face, citing "Hunters, hounds, hasenpfeffer!" Elvis Presley, in his 1960 film " G.I. Blues", sings "We get hasenpfeffer and black pumpernickel for chow..."
The word is the namesake of the
card gamePepper. It is also mentioned in the song "Don't Be the Bunny" (sung by Mr. Cladwell and the UGC Staff) from the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comedy, " Urinetown", and is one of William Barfee's words in the musical comedy " The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee".
Hasenpfeffer & the Bombdiggitty (named for the lead singer, Hasen Pfeffer) was also the name of a popular funk/beat-poetry/rock band from Logan, Utah from 2003-2007.
In , Yan's breakfast specialty is Hasenpfeffer and Eggs.
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