What's for Dinner? Bugs

  1. Delicious Insects

    Delicious Insects

    With fewer Americans totally grossed out by the idea of eating bugs, entrepreneurs are starting companies to put a cricket in every pot. Here, a few examples of bug cuisine:

    David George Gordon is a chef and author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook.

  2. Silkworm Pupae

    Silkworm Pupae

    The Beer Nut of bugs: salt, crunch, and a soft, cornmeal-like middle

    Pairing: Pilsner

  3. Crickets


    Crick-Ettes brand comes in Salt ’n’ Vinegar, Bacon & Cheese, and Sour Cream & Onion

    Pairing: Stout

  4. Waterbug Papaya Salad

    Waterbug Papaya Salad

    A salty, watermelon Jolly Rancher flavor, with a fishy finish

    Pairing: Prosecco

  5. Bug Bite Cookies

    Bug Bite Cookies

    Sugar and chocolate with a satisfying crunch of exoskeleton

    Pairing: Milk

  6. Cockroach Canapés

    Cockroach Canapés

    Hor d’oeuvres: oven-baked American cockroaches, guacamole and, of course, Ritz Crackers for a crunchy, slightly musty aftertaste

    Pairing: Rotari brut or other sparkling white wine

  7. Scorpion Scaloppini

    Scorpion Scaloppini

    Desert hairy scorpions dredged in cornmeal and pan-fried; the white meat on the tail resembles crab

    Pairing: a crisp Chardonnay

  8. Sheesh! Kabobs

    Sheesh! Kabobs

    Marinated grasshoppers, skewered and grilled

    Pairing: a robust red or Sangria

  9. Fried Green Tomato Hornworm

    Fried Green Tomato Hornworm

    Lightly sautéed caterpillars, served atop breaded and fried green tomatoes; taste like chopped parsley

    Pairing: a light beer, preferably a pilsner

  10. Orthopteran Orzo

    Orthopteran Orzo

    Sautéed cricket nymphs and orzo pasta crickets have a mild shrimp-like flavor

    Pairing: Semillon blanc