Chef Chat

Chef Chat, Part 2: How to Make Chex Mix With Crickets

Who among us doesn't have some sour cream and onion crickets sitting in our pantry that we don't know what to do with?

OK, so the odds of you actually having any crickets, let alone those of the sour cream and onion variety, in your pantry (or anywhere else in your kitchen) are probably pretty slim, but watching the above video makes a pretty good case for why maybe you should.

As Melissa Hudnall, bug chef for the Houston Museum of Natural Science, (who we first talked to yesterday) mentions in the video, crickets make an excellent substitution for nuts for when you're making Chex mix for someone with a nut allergy. Did you know that crickets have a nutty flavor? Now you do.

Sure, the dish looks a little weird and it may be a bit of a hard sell to the more traditional, non-bug eating members of your family, but what is life without a little bit of culinary adventure here and there? Make some of this Chirpy Chex Mix and see what happens. Just remember to not let them get stuck at the bottom of the bowl; you want a bit of cricket in every bite.

Maybe Chirpy Chex Mix open you up to a whole new world of flavors and textures.

Or, if nothing else, give you a dish you can make someone eat on a dare.

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