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From antiquity to the present day hare hunting has been a favorite pastime of Cretan residents. Once upon a time, people hunted for survival and much of their food was to be found in nature.From antiquity to the present day hare hunting has been a favorite pastime of Cretan residents. Once upon a time, people hunted for survival and much of their food was to be found in nature.

Today hunting is a hobby and is seen as a sport or a way to hang out with friends and have fun! First of all, the hunter chooses to have the best hunting dog breed, the best shot gun, a powerful farm vehicle for the mountains, and the right hunting equipment. He is like the amateur fisherman, but one is for the sea and the other for the mountains. There’s a well – known saying, "The hunter and the fisherman’s dish is seven times empty and once full!"Today hunting is a hobby and is seen as a sport or a way to hang out with friends and have fun! First of all, the hunter chooses to have the best hunting dog breed, the best shot gun, a powerful farm vehicle for the mountains, and the right hunting equipment. He is like the amateur fisherman, but one is for the sea and the other for the mountains. There’s a well – known saying, "The hunter and the fisherman’s dish is seven times empty and once full!"Since mid-September, when hare hunting season has begun in the Lasithi area, every weekend morning before the first light of the day, hunters hike in the mountains. For hunters in the villages in previous decades, things were completely different. Then of course there was a large population of animals in nature and hunting was more difficult with the single shooter guns but for the hunter it was an opportunity for a good company. It was the chance to enjoy the appetizer with good friends and fine wine, to boast and show his levity for success, to talk about his adventure and his hunting achievements ... with plenty of exaggeration, of course! In addition to the "official" hunters there were the ones who set snares to catch the hares. It seems that this old habit has unfortunately not been eliminated today.The hare not only needs talent to catch, but also to cook! And if the cook knows the secrets of this amazing appetizer well, then the dish will justify its reputation as one of the most adorable Greek meats donated by nature.When we hear the word ‘rabbit’, our first thought goes to the stew as it’s the most classic way to cook it. A good friend of my father gave me a hare and the first thing I thought about was stewing it. The truth is that some secrets have been given to me and so now I have the opportunity to share them with you.

Ingredients:
1 hare (1-1.5 kg)
1 kg of dried onions
100ml olive oil
1l red wine
4-5 laurel leaves
3-4 grains of spice
Oregano
Salt & pepper

Method:
Cut the hare into small portions, put the pieces in a bowl of wine with the bay leaves and spice (traditionally the hare should not be rinsed) and leave for 2-3 hours.
In a saucepan add the olive oil and allow to warm. Place the pieces of hare into the pan and fry very well on both sides.
Strain the marinade and pour half a glass into the saucepan, allow to evaporate and add salt, 3-4 laurel leaves and spices. Continue baking over medium heat for about 2.5 hours, adding the marinade as needed.
When it is cooked, cut the onions into chunks and add to the pan. Salt slightly and allow to cook for another 1-1.5 hours.
Finally remove from the heat, add a little oregano and pepper and allow to stand for ten minutes before serving.

Good luck!!!

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