What are the stars in traditional Cornish Stargazey pie?

  • Whole sardines correct

    Stargazey pie is an unusual dish, one many consider quite whimsical, that was originally prepared as a way of celebrating the heroic fishermen who risked life and limb to bring home their catches during the cold, stormy winters. Stargazey pie gets its name from the appearance of the dish. This is a savory Cornish pie filled with potatoes, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, mustard-flavored custard, and whole sardines. It is the sardines that give the dish its name. They are arranged so that their intact heads poke through the top of the crust, giving them the appearance of gazing at the stars. The fish are arranged in such a manner so that as much of the essential oil can be preserved as possible as the fish cook. Source: TasteAtlas.com

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