While everyone is drinking mint juleps and eating Hot Brown sandwiches at Derby parties like total conformists, be the only person on your block eating the same animal racing around that dirt track --
the jockey horse! A lean meat that's considered perfectly acceptable to eat practically everywhere else in the world, horse is not illegal to eat here. It's just hard to find. Let us help.
Buy The Meat
While it's not illegal to sell horsemeat in the US, no one does it. A guy recently tried to open a horse slaughterhouse in the US, but only so he could sell meat abroad. Apparently no one cares for the stuff here. So browse this list of foreign suppliers of the sweet meat, and see if they'll overnight you a filet or two. Hint: try the Canadian exporters first to save on shipping costs.
Prepare The Meat
The meat geniuses at Joe Beef in Montreal have a dish called Filet de Cheval à Cheval, which translates to "horses on horseback", and they share the recipe for it in their cookbook. With horse steak, bacon, and brioche, it should keep you full until the Kentucky Derby next year. Check the recipe
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