Would You Eat Horse Meat!?

written by Tiana Kai

I do in fact eat horse meat and I’m sure this post may get some flack for it.

Cured horse meat is pretty delish. See it as any other meat you would eat at a restaurant. Wouldn’t you rather have horse than cow tongue or even cow brains? I would. It’s all about personal taste and if you love prosciutto or bresaola as much as I do, then you will love this too.

Why eat horse meat?

It’s high in protein and low in fat. It was always a source of food in Europe, minus the Papal ban back in 732. Horse meat helped feed Napoleonic troops from starving and back in 1866 Parisians purchased it as a cheaper alternative to pork or beef. Nowadays, Italy is one of the top 5 countries who enjoy it on a plate. It’s sold in grocery stores in single portion containers—Buon appetito.

Eat horse meat in Florence

The one place I know that always serves it is Osteria Santo Spirito. They serve it shredded on a large bed of arugula, shaved parmesan, loads of oil and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Amazing.

Eat horse meat, cured and cut on a salad Eat horse meat in Santo Spirito, FlorenceEat horse meat at Osteria Santo Spirito Eat horse meat at Osteria Santo SpiritoEat horse meat at Osteria Santo Spirito Santo Spirito, Florence

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6 comments

Lydiann S. October 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Lo comí en Verona!

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Tiana Kai October 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

¿Lydiann te gustó? Ahhhh, adoro Verona y caballito.

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Lydiann Antommattei Seda on Facebook October 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Estaba delicioso, un sabor fuerte pero rico!!!

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Tiana Kai October 9, 2012 at 4:02 pm

De verdad! It’s a good alternative to other cured meats to switch it up a bit.

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Bonnie Marie October 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Best horse meat I’ve ever had was in Sardinia. They tenderize it in a marinade of olive oil, garlic and parsley then slap it on the grill. Horse meat is high in iron and physicians often prescribe it to pregnant women or those suffering from anemia.

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Tiana Kai October 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Ah, great to know Bonnie. I would love to try it grilled, since I’ve only had it cured and shredded like in the pix above. Sardinia isn’t a bad place to eat it!

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