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Spaghetti with Pesto Meatballs; Still Eating Horses…. — 23 Comments

  1. There’s a problem in Canada & the US with retired race horses being slaughtered for it’s meat.
    I won’t judge those who eat horse but I won’t.
    I love your used of pesto pasta on a classic meatballs recipe…a feast for the eyes.
    Giddy UP!

  2. I don’t know why I never thought of adding pesto to my meatballs Katie. I come from a very squeamish family and offal is not on the menu, although I have tried (almost) everything under the sun…I stop at eyeballs.

  3. horses? that’s a very new concept to me. Cats & dogs, yes, no horses. I am not an adventurous eater so if presented with a plate of horse, I’d probably pass. I want to try everything so badly, for the foodie in me, but things like horses, squirrels, and pig feet are off limit, for now.
    Brains, funny you mentioned that. We had goat brains in India during our last trip. That turned me off to food for a day. Too mushy and its resemblence to an actual brain was enough to walk away after the first bite.
    your green pasta looks delish!

  4. You’re more adventurous than I–compared to you, I am more than semi-squeamish…I’ve come a long way from where I used to be, but still, compared to many, squeamish.
    Never had horse, although I live in an area where horses are big business…but not in the culinary sense, lol. Not sure if I could bring myself to though…even though I know where my meat comes from, some animals still stick out in my head as “cute” or something like that (e.g. having grown up with a pet rabbit, I could never eat a rabbit).
    But my peculiarities aside, the meatballs look delicious and the pesto sounds like a great flavor boost.

  5. Oh dear, Scientist, I can manage black pudding but I don’t think I could do blood soup… and no brains or intestines, either!
    Peter, I didn’t and wouldn’t eat it on purpose…is the horse in the U.S. meant for animals or humans…
    Kalyn, it actually ended up flavoring the whole sauce!
    Val, no eyeballs…I watched a travel show person do it once…. Still have nightmares!
    LiberalFoodie, I can’t do brains… They look too much like, well, brains! We have no squirrels in France, apparently they ate them all during the war.
    Mike, rabbit is very popular here. When I first moved there was even the choice of getting it skinned or still in it’s, um, pyjamas…. I passed….

  6. The great thing about occasionally running older posts is that it gives readers a chance to catch up on ones we might have missed! Of course, I have a hard time even reading posts about those “body part” foods. I’ve never been good at eating anything that looks like it might have come out of my own body!

  7. I don’t think I could eat horse. Isn’t it funny how you are just accustomed to certain things being food and certain things being pets?
    I have been introducing our kids to more unusual foods and they’ve been quite receptive for the most part.
    They’ve tried squid, frog legs, cuttlefish and more. My dd especially has been liking the new foods. Every time we go to a certain store she remarks how she wants to try the cow’s tongue. I just can’t try it. I can’t do organs either…many years ago I tried liver and it was ok – but afterwards I felt sick.
    I look at so much food in the world food store that I just would not want to eat – and yet realize that for many, many folks this is WONDERFUL food. It’s all what you are used to.

  8. This post reminds me of a travel channel show where the host goes around the world and eats anything. Seriously, this guy eats bugs, balls, you name it.

  9. My first husband loved tongue so, being the good little wifey, I’d cook it for him but couldn’t join him in eating it – ‘way too graphic to have cooked and skinned it! Eek!

  10. They don’t taste like chicken, but I think alligator tastes like a pork chop!
    After reading about horses and intestine and stuff, I was a little worried when I got to the recipe. lol. But this looks great! I love the addition of pesto…I make turkey burgers with pesto all the time, so I’m sure this is crazy-good! This may be the next dish I make! 😀

  11. I’m with you on the squeamishness. Just say no to organ meats is my mantra. Pesto meatballs sounds fabulous!

  12. Great idea putting pesto into the meatballs! Whenever I make meatballs I always look around from something different to add. Now I have it!
    Very spring-like!

  13. Lydia, I agree. One of the first things I do in a foreign country is memorize body part/food names so I know what NOT to order!
    Edi, I think it really depends on what you had as a child. I grew up with liver and love it…but not tongue!
    Colleen, seen that show…culinary nightmares!
    Ley, one never knows! Pork chops? Hmmmm.
    I can’t get ground turkey here, but that would be yummy!
    Pam, what a nice wifey you were…. I knew you meant beef….
    Lynn, awful offal?!?!?
    Deb, plus it used up that last bit of pesto… That I had open for 3 weeks, but only ‘keeps for 2 – 3 days’. Not in my world!

  14. Given that winter seems to have returned…a long April Fool’s Day joke! This dish is perfect. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Night.
    As for all those “interesting” food choices…well, I’m mostly mainstream although I have enjoyed some of them. Others on the other hand will never touch my lips unless I’m very drunk or totally unaware.

  15. Lovely contrast the meatballs and the green pasta!!! And a delish for sure 😀
    I love eating all things you mentioned except big livers. But I feel so bad when eating horse, eventhough my palate enjoys it, my heart aches! You should give veal tongue a chance… it’s one of the best meats ever!!! In a stew or vinagrette is super!!!! Not to mention pig food, I’ll be posting during April some pig food with snails. Come on, dare to try it, Katie!

  16. I’ve had my fair share of ‘exotic’ meat – pigs ears, kangaroo, even crocodile! But horses is a new one to me. Not sure if I’d eat it if I knew but thats most always the case. just like when I was young and we had frogs legs at some Chinese Restaurant. My father told us it was chicken first and only later that it was frogs legs. Now I’d eat it anytime!!!

  17. Gattina, Yup! Haggis! In Scotland, even…with Scotch!
    Ruth, several of them passed my lips in exactly those circumstances…. Thankfully…
    Nuria, I do snails… and most pig stuff…
    I love liver…. But I don’t know about the tongue!
    Dharm, my younger brother loved frog legs when he was little – perfect size for him…
    I’ve not had kangeroo or croc…neither being readily available here. As to the horse…..not by choice

  18. I think I ate horse once in France, back in 1980. I never hear about anyone eating it anymore, although I occasionally see the “Boucherie chevaline” indicated — but not anywhere here in Aveyron that I know of.
    I’m not that keen to eat horse meat, but I have to admit that when I look at beautiful cattle, it’s hard to justify any difference…

  19. Betty, horse is still carried in both the Carrefour and the HyperU here; not a lot but always at least steaks. It was quite popular on the Spanish side of the Pyrenees. too – but not in Andorra…