Entomophagy - Insect Recipes

Entomophagy, or the use of insects as food, is the efficient, nutritious and economic diet of the future. 

Insects have longed formed a vital part of the diet of Coherents, perhaps partly accounting for the extraordinary immortality of church followers. As well as providing nourishing entrées, there are many excellent insect recipes for appetizers (e.g., Crispy Fried Grasshoppers  and the best known of all bug dishes, Escargots a la Bourgignonne) and desserts (e.g., chocolate ants). 

A free e-booklet is available with a wider range of insects dishes (go to Feedback) and we will be publishing occasional sample recipés on the this page. Two popular entrée dishes are described below.


Caterpillars: wash, boil and fry

Tasty insects

RECIPES

NOTES:

While most insects are best cooked alive, many, such as worms and roaches, need to be purged at least overnight, and preferably over three nights. The insects are washed thoroughly stored in a clean container, such as a wooden box, without food and washed again each night. Before storing or freezing, it is best to sterilize by boiling for three minutes and then placing in cold salt water for half an houg.

Fly larvae (maggots) are easy to digest and rich in minerals, protein and vitamins. They can be scooped from any decaying matter, such road kill, but for safety and flavor, it is best to plan the source by creating composts of flavorful material, such as sugar cane. Most insects collected from the wild require purging.

All insects have proportionately high protein content versus fat. Worms are 70% protein. 1/2 lb of grasshoppers contains 12% protein (or 2/3 that of beef), but only one third the amount of fat, compared to the same 1/2 lb of beef.
 

 

Escargots a la Bourgignonne

2 dozen escargots, 1/2 lb butter, 1/2 bottle of white wine, garlic, salt, black pepper, parsley, shallots -- all adjusted according to taste.

Add wine to saucepan with two pints of water, add garlic and salt and boil for an hour to an hour and a half, depending on size of escargots.
Chop garlic, shallots and parsley fine and mix with butter.
Place a dab of spiced butter in each empty shell. Stuff escargot into the shell. Then fill with butter. Bake at 390 °F a few minutes until butter melts. Serve immediately in escargot dishes.

 

Flying Ant Savory

1/2 lb ants, 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon chili sauce, 1 teaspoon soya sauce.

Use cheesecloth bag to collect flying ants in season.
Remove wings, and wash ants in cold water.
Add cleaned ants to a pan with a small amount of boiling water.
Cook until water is evaporated. Stir butter with chili and soya in pan and fry the ants for a few more minutes.  Serve with boiled Plantains, or rice.

 

Caterpillar Scampi

2 lbs caterpillars, 1 onion, 2 cloves garlic, 2 tomatoes, 1 tsb butter, 1 tsb sesame oil, 1/2 cup white wine.

Wash caterpillars and boil in salted water for 10 minutes.
Chop onions and slice tomatoes.
Drain and pat dry the caterpillars, and add to frying pan with butter, oil, onion and tomatoes.
Fry for two minutes. Add chopped garlic and white wine.
Fry four more minutes.
Serve on bed of lettuce or spinach.

Ant Larvae Tacos

1/2 lb ant larvae, 2 tbs butter, 2 chopped chilies, 2 chopped tomatoes, 1/2 chopped onion, pepper and oregano to taste, chopped cilantro, taco shells.

Heat the butter or oil in a frying pan and fry the larvae. Add the chopped onions, chilies, and tomato, and season with salt. Sprinkle with ground pepper and oregano to taste. Serve in tacos and garnish with cilantro.

Mealworm Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 tbs butter, 4 tbs brown sugar, 2 tbs white sugar, 1 egg, 1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 tsp salt,1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup mealworm flour.

Cream butter well, then mix in sugar, egg, vanilla flour, salt, baking soda, chocolate chips, oats, and mealworm flour. Drop batter by the teaspoonful on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

 



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