September 28, 2011

Horse Stew

Finally, I defrosted the 1,5kg of horse meat I had in my freezer and turned it into a stew. Yes, many people think horses are cute and therefore don't eat them. But let's stop kidding ourselves; we're omnivores, we're supposed to eat meat, and our ancestors most certainly weren't picky as to what animal their meat supply would come from.
Plus, little piggies, lambs and baby chickens look cute too and we eat those anyway. Variation is important! That's what hunting and gathering, and the Paleo lifestyle is all about.

Besides that, I love experimenting with new foods and was very curious as to what horse meat would taste like.
Turns out: it's yummy!! I made a stew out of it, and I like it even better than a beef stew to be honest. The meat becomes much less dry than beef and there's a more 'meaty' taste to it. Oh and it's cheap too!!
If you can't find yourself any horse meat, feel free to replace it with beef though. (I won't tell, I promise)

Horse Stew (serves 5)
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 3 medium winter carrots, sliced
- 1,5kg lean horse meat, diced
- 3 handfuls fresh spinach
- 150g dried apricots, chopped
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp coconut oil

1. Heat coconut oil in a Dutch oven and fry the onions, garlic and carrots for a few minutes.
2. Add the horse meat, spinach, apricots and spices and mix well.
3. Add 3/4 cup of water and bring to a boil.
4. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan with a lid and simmer for at least 1 1/2 hours until the meat has become nice and tender.
5. Serve hot and enjoy!


  1. Thanks for the recipe! Someone else did the shopping, so horse meat has suddenly appeared in my fridge. I've never cooked it, and, being American, have been taught to be a bit wary of it. But your recipe sounds really yummy, so now I'm excited to give it a go!

  2. Thanks! I hope you'll like it :) It never hurts to try food you never had before every now and then, you might even discover that you like something you never thought you would.