Saturday, May 01, 2004The 17-Year Cicadas - locusts - are set to burst out of the ground by the millions in many US states, which will no doubt convince some folks that the Apocalypse is nigh. However, as NPR reports, the cicadas are not only loud and frightening...they're also pretty darn tasty:
Soft-Shelled CicadasMmm. Maybe I'll try the El Chirper Tacos. Want a wealth of bug dishes? Check out the University of Maryland's "Cicada-licious Cookbook" [PDF file].
1 cup Worcestershire sauce
60 freshly emerged 17-year cicadas
4 eggs, beaten
3 cups flour
Salt and pepper to season the flour
1 cup corn oil or slightly salted butter
Marinate cicadas alive in a sealed container in Worcestershire sauce for several hours. (Note: You can skip this step and go directly to the egg step instead.) Dip them in the beaten egg, roll them in the seasoned flour and then gently sauté until they are golden brown.
And to think I Dreamt of Bugwiches only a few short months ago.