Grasshopper Gumbo

Grasshopper Gumbo

Grasshopper Gumbo

  Ingredients (6 servings):

  •     1/2 cup lemon juice
  •     1 tablespoon olive oil
  •     1 teaspoon honey
  •     1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  •     2 tablespoon minced fresh herbs — parsley, mint, thyme and/or tarragon.
  •     12 frozen grasshoppers, katydids, locusts, or other suitably sized Orthoptera, thawed
  •     1 red pepper, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
  •     1 small yellow onion, cut into 8 wedges


Mix all ingredients for the marinade in a nonreactive baking dish. Add the Orthoptera, cover, and marinate overnight. When ready to cook, remove the insects from the marinade. Pat them dry, for ease of handling. Assemble each kabob, alternately skewering the insects, tomatoes, and onion wedges to create a visually interesting lineup. Cook the kabobs two or three inches above the fire, turning them every two or three minutes and basting them with additional olive oil as required.

The exact cooking time will vary, depending on the kind of grill and types of insects used; however, the kabobs should cook for no longer than 8 or 9 minutes.

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