Lepre In Salmi


1 hare
3 onions, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 clove garlic
juniper berries
hare’s liver
2 bay leaves
4 tbs. butter
2 oz. pancetta
1 tbs. salt and coarse salt
3/4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1/4 cup grappa
4 tbs. lard

How to make the Hare in Salmi’ Lombard Style:

The term salmi’ denotes a variety of preparations belonging to the Italian tradition. It is always prepared with game. The best-known salmi’ is with hare.

Marinate the hare in wine, onion, carrot and celery, garlic, peperoncino, juniper berries, minced herbs, whole bay leaf, and coarse salt. Let marinate for 48 hours, turning the hare in the marinade from time to time.

When it is time to make the salmi’, heat the butter and pancetta in a pan and brown 2 minced onions. Add the hare and brown on all sides. Then add the marinade and cook over high heat until the juice has been completely absorbed and the hare is dry. Cover with water, stir and cook slowly for another 3 hours. Then take the hare out of the casserole and keep warm.

Sieve the liquid into a bowl. Add some of the hot juice to temper the liquid and add this warm mixture into the sauce. Do not boil. Add salt, the pieces of lard, the grappa and the chocolate and cook until blended. Put the hare in, let sit for 5 mins, and then serve with polenta. If the sauce has to be used for pappardelle, serve the lepre in salmi’ as a second course.

Serves 4

Regional recipe frrom Lombardy