If You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em

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Video: Topper Shutt Eats Stink Bug Taco

Stink bug tacos.

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Here's your good deed for the day: Eat a stink bug. Lots of stink bugs.

Experts warn of a likely biblical plague of stink bugs this summer.
Eating a few might help control the population.

We cooked two different recipes: stink bug pate and stink bug tacos.

David Mizejewski's with the National Wildlife Federation, and he thinks eating stink bugs is a great idea. "This whole idea of eating bugs might be gross to us, but it's really kind of culturally relative, because people all over the world eat insects and all kinds of other creepy, crawlies...Shrimp, crabs, lobsters. These are all arthropods. Insects are just another kind of arthropods."

The pate includes olive oil, onion, garlic, and something else that makes some cringe: chicken livers and roasted stink bugs. "They smell like cilantro," says Mizejewski.

We took a whiff of the tacos cooking. "Smells like toasting butter," said Mizejewski.

"Terrible!" said the reporter.

"It's just a mental block. If these were shrimp, you would think they smell delicious."

And now the taste tests. "Little crunchy," said Mizejewski after taking a big bite. "It's got a garlic flavor, and it tastes like cilantro." "So you think we should all be eating these?" "Yeah, why not?"

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Low fat, high protein...and you can help control an invasive species with few other predators. "In a hundred years or so, everybody might be eating insects," said the naturalist.

"Not me!" said the reporter. 

The Wildlife Federation says the real solution is tougher laws to keep invasive species out of the country. 

Here are the recipes:

Stink Bug Paté

Despite their name, stink bugs are actually one of the most delectable of insects. Here they add a unique favor to a traditional paté.

1/3 pound roasted stink bugs
10 chicken livers
4 cloves garlic
1 small onion
1/8 teaspoon salt
Black pepper, to taste
Oregano, to taste
Marjoram, to taste
Powdered bouillon, to taste
Olive oil, to taste

Place the chicken livers in a saucepan with the garlic, onion, salt, and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove the chicken livers and place in a blender or food processor, reserving the broth. Add the roasted stink bugs and about 1/4 cup of the reserved broth and pureé, adding more broth as needed, until mixture is smooth and reaches a spreadable consistency. Add spices and oil to taste. Place in a wooden bowl and serve with crusty french bread.


Creepy Crawly Cuisine
By Julieta Ramos-Elorduy, Ph.D.
Photographs by Peter Menzel
Park Street Press
ISBN: 0-89281-747-X
Softcover $16.00
Information provided by the publisher. 

Stink Bug Tacos 

This recipe is based on a grasshopper dish that's popular in Oaxaca, Mexico. We tried it with stink bugs. 

1/2 lb. stink bugs 
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon
2 ripe avocados, mashed
6 tortillas (corn or flour)

Roast stink bugs for 10 minutes in a 350° oven. Toss with garlic, juice from 1 lemon, and salt to taste. Spread mashed avocado on tortilla. Sprinkle on grasshoppers, to taste.

Courtesy: PBS

Written by Bruce Leshan
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com 

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