CRICKET 'BACON' CARBONARA



This simple classic is perfect for a quick and delicious mid week meal. With help from the vegan bacon seasoning the crickets actually tastes like bacon – even offering a delicious crackling like crunch against the epic creaminess of the pasta.


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Serves: 2 Portions

Time: 30mins



INGREDIENTS


30g dried crickets – buy some here

20g smoked garlic

20g smokey bacon seasoning (vegan)

4 egg yolks

100g Parmesan (grated)

200g spaghetti

25g butter

1 pack flat leaf parsley (chopped)

Olive oil

Salt and pepper



METHOD


1. SEASON CRICKETS | 5mins

  • Add the crickets, smoked garlic, 1tbsp olive oil and smokey bacon seasoning to a mixing bowl and stir to coat. In a separate bowl mix the grated Parmesan and the egg yolks together to form a paste.


2. BOIL PASTA | 10mins

  • Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and add the spaghetti, cook for 10 mins or until al dente. Once cooked reserve 5 ladles of the pasta cooking water before draining the pasta.


3. FRY CRICKETS | 5mins

  • In a frying pan melt the butter with a dash of olive oil, once it’s hot and foaming add the crickets and fry for 3-5 minutes until the crickets are nice and crunchy - be careful not to burn!


4. MIX & SERVE | 10mins

  • Once the crickets are cooked add the al dente spaghetti to the pan and stir to coat. To help keep the pasta moist add two ladles of the pasta water and bring to the boil.

  • Then stir in the egg and Parmesan mix until the cheese melts and the pasta is well coated. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more of the pasta water if needed to loosen the sauce - the water will continue to evaporate on the plate so better have it slightly wet than too dry.

  • Stir through the chopped parsley and serve.



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