“Hizdahr had stocked their box with flagons of chilled wine and sweetwater, with figs, dates, melons, and pomegranates, with pecans and peppers and a big bowl of honeyed locusts. Strong Belwas bellowed, “Locusts!” as he seized the bowl and began to crunch them by the handful.” (Dance with Dragons)
The things we do for food…
As soon as we read the description of honey-spiced locusts in Dance, we knew we had to rise to the challenge.
This Volantene recipe results in a sweet & spicy, super crunchy snack that is surprisingly good. It takes a bit of psychological adjustment to get over the idea of eating bugs, but the novelty and brag-factor makes it well worth the effort. Underlying the more familiar tastes of honey and spice is the real flavor of the crickets- a sort of smoky nuttiness that takes several bites to savor.
We dared to try it. Do you?
- 1/4 cup butter
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup cleaned insects (we used freeze dried crickets from Amazon)
- 2 Tbs. honey
- 1 tsp. Aleppo pepper, mixed in with the honey