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Olde English Lamprey Pie


A favorite dish of medieval royalty, sea lamprey was a rare, expensive treat traditionally baked in a pie. King Henry I reportedly died from eating a "surfeit of lamprey" in 1135. King John later issued a mandate to procure as many of the creatures as possible for his own table. It still was on the royal menu during Queen Victoria's reign in the late 1800s.

Olde English Lamprey Pie Recipe, circa mid-1600s

"Take your Lamprey and gut him, and take away the black string in the back, wash him very well, and dry him, and season him with Nutmeg, Pepper and Salt, then lay him into your Pie in pieces with Butter in the bottom, and some Shelots and Bay Leaves and more Butter, so close it and bake it, and fill it up with melted Butter, and keep it cold, and serve it in with some Mustard and Sugar."

Sources: Elizabethan Era Online Encyclopedia www.elizabethan-era.org.uk and whatscookingamerica.net.
 

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While stationed in Bremerhaven, Germany, I tried the local favorite of smoked eel. It was really good.
Didn't someone try to figure out how to export Michigan lampreys at one time? Seems like they ran in to a problem about the amount of heavy metals in the flesh. Too bad we couldn't market them.
As Homer Simpson would say, "mmmmmmmm, lamprey".
 

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Yeah, and King John, King Henry and all those Victorian folks who ate it are now dead aren't they....shows what eating lamprey will do to you.:p

Jim
 
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