Recipe for Finnish Hare, Rabbit, or Duck?

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SimonBao
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Recipe for Finnish Hare, Rabbit, or Duck?

Post by SimonBao » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:41 am

Does anyone have a great recipe for a Finnish dish prepared with hare, rabbit, or duck? Several online sources mention that those meats are common on Finnish tables, but recipes for them do not appear in any online recipe collections.

Do Finns in fact eat hare, rabbit, and duck?



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Jukka Aho
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Re: Recipe for Finnish Hare, Rabbit, or Duck?

Post by Jukka Aho » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:05 am

SimonBao wrote:Does anyone have a great recipe for a Finnish dish prepared with hare, rabbit, or duck? Several online sources mention that those meats are common on Finnish tables, but recipes for them do not appear in any online recipe collections.

Do Finns in fact eat hare, rabbit, and duck?
There’s a relatively large number of recreational hunters in Finland. But outside the hunter circles, their immediate family and friends, and fancy restaurants, game only rarely ends up on the dinner table of non-hunting Finns: those who hunt their food primarily in the supermarket aisles and tend to go for whatever it is that is on offer today. (I’ve never had hare, rabbit or duck myself... but I have eaten moose.)
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Re: Recipe for Finnish Hare, Rabbit, or Duck?

Post by SimonBao » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:27 am

Jukka Aho wrote:There’s a relatively large number of recreational hunters in Finland. But outside the hunter circles, their immediate family and friends, and fancy restaurants, game only rarely ends up on the dinner table of non-hunting Finns: those who hunt their food primarily in the supermarket aisles and tend to go for whatever it is that is on offer today. (I’ve never had hare, rabbit or duck myself... but I have eaten moose.)
Thank you Jukka. That's not very different from the US, then. In large cities, farm-raised rabbit and duck are readily available in specialty and "high-end" markets, but outside of the cities I think one might need a gun and a hunting dog.

And thanks also for that link about hunting in Finland, interesting to see the creatures that are included there.


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Re: Recipe for Finnish Hare, Rabbit, or Duck?

Post by rinso » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:26 am

but recipes for them do not appear in any online recipe collections.
That is probably because they are not eaten by the general public as Jukka already explained.
Since it is a farmers/countryside tradition, they will use simple recipes, like stews with unions, garlic, all spice and bay leaf.


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Re: Recipe for Finnish Hare, Rabbit, or Duck?

Post by Jukka Aho » Sat Apr 02, 2011 7:59 am

rinso wrote:Since it is a farmers/countryside tradition, they will use simple recipes, like stews with unions, garlic, all spice and bay leaf.
Mmm... your stew will be extra tasty today!
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Re: Recipe for Finnish Hare, Rabbit, or Duck?

Post by Rosamunda » Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:12 am

We eat hare and duck (but not at this time of year). Then are dozens of Finnish cookery books that specialise in game (riista) so I would either use one of those or any recipe that I have (eg jugged hare) I think I have used recipes from US websites in the past.

If you want traditional Finnish then after the hare is gutted and skinned you could stuff it with spruce branches and hang it for a few days. Then I guess I would pot roast it with plenty of root veg (potatoes, carrots, parsnips, swede, jerusalem artichoke, root celery etc) and juniper berries.

Haven't had much luck with wild duck. They don't have a huge amount of fat on them so they tend to be bit dry. Of course we always eat what we catch but if I were cooking duck for a special occasion I'd probably buy it from a butcher. Again, root veg and berries (lingonberries, blackcurrants) are typically Finnish accompaniments. Also wild mushrooms.

But they are definitely not in season at the moment.


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Re: Recipe for Finnish Hare, Rabbit, or Duck?

Post by CH » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:26 pm

Since rabbit is not a native animal, I wouldn't say it is very commonly eaten here. We did have a rabbit farm when I was growing up, and my dad used to smoke them. It was really delicious and my favorite meat, but I haven't seen rabbit meat anywhere since.


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Re: Recipe for Finnish Hare, Rabbit, or Duck?

Post by Mangrove » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:57 pm

SimonBao wrote:Does anyone have a great recipe for a Finnish dish prepared with hare, rabbit, or duck?
Page 84 and onwards. There is a recipe for boiled rabbit, fried (normal), fried (on embers) and even one for meat soup. :wink:
http://www.puolustusvoimat.fi/wcm/61ba4 ... OD=AJPERES


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