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Appalled about European horsemeat being passed off as beef? That's nothing. Donkey, puffin and even rat show up on continental dinner plates — and in vitro beef may soon follow.

What's the beef with horse? (Kyle Kim/Flickr Commons/GlobalPost)

How to cook your horse

Equine recipes from around Europe.

BRUSSELS, Belgium — Europeans may not be happy to eat horse disguised as beef, but the noble steed has long been part of the diet in much of the continent. Here are some recipes:

1) Tartare de Cheval (Raw, ground horse)

(translated from the online French horse butcher:


25 oz horse tenderloin

3 oz capers

3 oz gherkins

3 oz shallots

4 egg yolks

2 oz grated parmesan

lime juice


Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper


Finely dice the horse meat.

Mince the shallots, capers and gherkins and mix them in with the horsemeat.

Season with lime juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Mix.

Form into four patties. Make a dip in the center of each patty and place an egg yolk on each one.

Serve raw.

The egg should be mixed into raw meat on plate. Best with toast.


2) Orecchiette con ragu di cavalo Pugliese (pasta with horse meat sauce)

(From the featuring recipes from Italy's southern Apulia region)


18 oz orecchiette pasta

3 oz ground horsemeat

1 oz minced pork

14 oz tomato sauce

bay leaves

a small glass red wine

1 TB chopped carrot

1 TB chopped celery

1/2 onion

3 TB extra virgin olive oil from Apulia

salt and pepper


Chop the onion and put it in a saucepan with the olive oil, the chopped celery and carrot, and bay leaves. Sauté over moderate heat.

Raise the heat and add the ground meat, sauté quickly and deglaze with red wine.

Add the tomato puree, with salt to taste.

Lower the flame and cook over low heat for at least an hour.

Cook the orecchiette in a saucepan filled with boiling, salted water, drain and serve with the meat sauce. Finish the dish with a sprinkling of freshly ground pepper.


3) Foal goulash

(translated from the horse butchers Knoche & Sohn, in Helmstedt, Germany)


2 and 3/4 cup foal meat

1 TB flour

22 fl oz meat stock

2 onions

4 ripe tomatoes

2 eggs

1 bunch of chives

4 TB olive oil

2 TB vinegar

1 TB butter

Curry powder, paprika, salt and pepper


Cut the onions into rings.

Heat 2 TB of the olive oil. Add the meat and stir until browned. Add the onions and cook over a low heat.

Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, curry powder and pepper and sprinkle with a TB of flour. Stir well.

Gradually pour in the warm stock. Cover and simmer about 1 hour.

Slice the tomatoes and sprinkle with the olive oil and vinegar. Season to taste. Sprinkle with chopped chives.

Serve the goulash with spinatspatzle (spinach noodles) with the tomato salad on the side.


4) Snicli od konjskog mesa (Horse meat steak)

(translated from the Croatian recipe site:


Horsemeat steaks

olive oil



white wine



Melt the butter in a saucepan.

Add the chopped rosemary and fry for 1 minute.

Add chopped onion and fry, stirring until they begin to brown.

Add a little sugar and stir in until it starts to caramelize.

Add a little white wine and stir over the heat for 3-4 minutes.

Meanwhile fry the steaks in hot olive oil.

Serve the steaks with the sauce.

Ivica Nedelkovski More than 1 year ago
I would cook you people instead
Carina Bella More than 1 year ago
This is sick as hell. Horses are often full of bute (a common pain reliever), which is carcinogenic to humans. The transport to slaughter and the slaughter process itself are BARBARIC. There are experts stating this, you have only to do a bit of research to see the atrocities. Live foals are shipped from Canada over to Belgium/Japan/etc so diners can choose their dinner. I am vegetarian so am comfortable expressing my disgust. But trust me, horse slaughter is far crueler than the slaughter of 'livestock' like cattle. I really wish the human race would quit being so selfish and arrogant and consider a plant-based diet.
Seph Harrison More than 1 year ago
Not sure i'd approve, but in general i tend to say if its raised as a meat animal, got nothing against seeing it on my plate. Still, horses... have to think about that.
Kurt Taylor More than 1 year ago
NO! JUST NO! Horses are friends NOT FOOD!!!!
Sarah Seiler More than 1 year ago
I completely agree!
Megan Barnard More than 1 year ago
You sick people...