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Grilled or Fried?

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This summer there will be an infestation.  Of Cicadas.  Apparently there is a “unique brood” of cicadas awakening from a 17-year sleep (the thought of sleeping for 17 years seems enticing, doesn’t it?).  When these 6 legged creatures stir, they are going to be annoying and gross.  I can just hear them crunching under my sneakers.

What do we do about them?  Well, according to our local on-line news source, we can eat them.  They are a delicacy in other parts of the world.  Of course they are.  So are monkey’s brains.  Would I try that?  Yes, probably.  (I apologize to all vegetarians and animal lovers but I love my meat.)

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You all know that I am a foodie because I have mentioned it once or twice.  I like to try new foods any chance I get.  DH likes to be nice and safe.  Me, the stranger the menu, the better.  I enjoy frogs legs, snails, deer, duck.  I like it all.  Or most all.  So why not these?  They say they are crunchy and have a a nutty flavor.  I like nuts.

Because it piqued my curiosity, I did a little research.  Did you know that 3.5 ounces of cicadas only contain about 120 calories?  There are a lot of cicadas in 3.5 ounces considering one of these buggers weighs 7/100th of an ounce.  In addition to being low in calories, they are high in protein and have no carbs.  The perfect snack.  I wonder if they are like potato chips?  You can’t just have one.

So then I did a search for cicada recipes.  There’s shish-kabob cicada, cicadas sautéed in butter and garlic with angel hair pasta, cicada tacos, cicada pizza.  What you can do with these guys is endless.

So, who’s coming over for dinner?  And how would you like yours cooked?  Medium?  Or rare?