Horse meat is used in a variety of recipes: as a stew called pastissada (typical of Verona), served as steaks, as carpaccio, or made into bresaola. Thin strips of horse meat called sfilacci are popular. Horse fat is used in recipes such as pezzetti di cavallo.
Pezzetti di cavallo, translated as pieces of horse meat, is a traditional Italian dish that uses horse meat as the star ingredient.
The meat in Mortadella is usually pork. Back meat will be up to 60% of the meat, and cheek lard 40%. But, the sausage can also be made from a mixture of pork and beef, and even pork, beef and horse.
No wonder the French had seemed so lax about all that presumed “horse-eating”—they weren't eating horse at all. It turns out that steak à cheval (or bife a cavalo) is merely a cut of beef with a fried egg on top. It turns out the French aren't as barbaric as I thought!
Mortadella di cavallo is made from horsemeat in Albano Laziale in Lazio.
Australia. Australians do not generally eat horse meat, although they have a horse slaughter industry that exports to EU countries. Horse meat exports peaked at 9,327 tons 1986, declining to 3,000 tons in 2003.
Horse Meat in Italy
Horsemeat became and still is an important part of Venetian cuisine and in general of the italian cuisine. It also never fell out of fashion in Sardinia and Sicily where horse and donkey meat salamis and sausages are found everywhere.
China has the largest population in the world and is also the world's largest consumer of horse meat. there are not very many laws that prohibit the consumption of many types of meat, as long as there is a market for doing so. Horse meat is typically dried in China to make sausage, or served alongside signature dishes.
Horse meat is called “sakura (cherry blossom) niku (meat)” in Japanese, as the color of the flesh is redder than that of other meat due to its high hemoglobin levels.
In many other nations, however, eating horse meat is no big deal - and in some cultures, it's even considered a delicacy. Mexico, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Indonesia, Poland and China are among the nations where many people eat horse meat without a second thought.
While pork is certainly the most popular meat, salamis are also made with other meats, such as beef, wild boar, goose and turkey. There are many, many different salamis made in Italy — mortadella, coppa and soppressata are just a few.
A unique variation of the typical Italian cold cut, this Horse salametto uses primarily horse meat rather than the typical pork. It has been ground together with lard and spices to create a rich and unique flavor. This salami has been recognized by the Piedmont Region ministry as a traditional Italian product.
Mortadella is a delicious cooked and cured pork meat that originates from Bologna, Italy. Made from 100% high-quality rare breed and free range pork, it is pale pink in colour with shards of pistachio and pepper throughout the meat.
The word prosciutto, which translates to “ham” in Italian, is made only from the hind legs of pigs and is aged during a dry-curing process.
Kangaroo meat will now be called "australus" in keeping with calling deer meat venison, cow meat beef, and pig meat pork. Australus was the winning entry by the Sydney-based Food Companion International magazine that sought a term to separate the animal's name from food.
Horses, mules and donkeys
In both Sunni and Shia hadith the meat of mules is prohibited but horse meat is allowed in Sunni sources. Narrated Jabir bin `Abdullah: "On the day of Khaibar, Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) forbade the eating of donkey meat and allowed the eating of horse meat."
Cheval: Just keep that French word in mind unless you want to eat horse. Though it may have been a scandal to have horse meat in other European countries, the Swiss love their horse meat. Usually served dried and with cheese, it is as ubiquitous as ham or prosciutto.
Horsemeat, or chevaline as it is called in French, can still be found in specialty butcher shops and grocery stores in Quebec and on the menus of a few high-end Montreal restaurants.
Horsemeat is, for example, commonly eaten in (parts of) Italy, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, while, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, there has historically been a strong cultural aversion to eating it.
For the first part of the 20th century, horsemeat was a popular choice at the French dinnertable but its consumption has been diminishing steadily since. The last 20 years have been catastrophic for horse butchers with a 75% drop in purchases.
Food historian Dr Annie Gray agrees the primary reasons for not eating horses were "their usefulness as beast of burden, and their association with poor or horrid conditions of living".
Nestlé, owner of Purina pet foods, the company many pet parents love to hate, have one more reason to hate Nestlé: Horse meat. That's right: Horse meat. Nestlé discovered at least two of its products, Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini, contain — get ready — horse meat.
Despite the myths, for other Italians it's a beloved meat. And just for the record, it's made of pork and a complicated mix of spices that aren't common in other cured Italian meats.
Although horses were commonly used in pet food years ago, it fell out of favor when the public began to think of horses as domestic pets rather than beasts of burden. Today, no pet food or animal feed company of any repute would dare use or list horsemeat as an ingredient.
Horse meat is sometimes called equine, cheval, or Caballo. Horse meat is known for being lean, high-protein meat that has been eaten throughout history. What is this? Some countries have banned horses from their food supply due to the belief that they may carry some diseases and parasites.