Cookbook:Stargazy Pie

Stargazy Pie
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Stargazy pie is a rich fish pie from Cornwall in the United Kingdom.




  1. Scale, clean, and bone the fish, separating and retaining their heads.
  2. Season inside each with salt, pepper, and parsley. Roll neatly.
  3. Butter pie dish, and sprinkle a thick layer of breadcrumbs on.
  4. Lay in some of the fish, then alternate breadcrumbs and fish until dish is full. Cover with bacon rashers.
  5. Beat eggs with vinegar, pour into pie, or use cream. Cover with pastry.
  6. Arrange fish heads on pastry, so as they are looking up (to the stars).
  7. Bake in a hot oven.
  8. Serve with a sprig of parsley in mouth of each fish.

Notes, tips, and variations

  • From St. Agnes W.I. in Cornish Recipes, Ancient & Modern, 22nd Edition, The Cornwall Federation of Women's Institutes 1965. First collected & published by Edith Martin, Tregavethan, Truro, 1929, for The Cornwall F.of W. I.