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Offline kdefay

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Insects as a topping
« on: January 19, 2014, 10:57:13 AM »
My staff were eating fried crickets tonight, so we decided to try them on a pizza.  I did a thin-crust with fresh garlic and deep-fried crickets.  It was very tasty!
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2014, 02:55:36 PM »
My staff were eating fried crickets tonight, so we decided to try them on a pizza.  I did a thin-crust with fresh garlic and deep-fried crickets.  It was very tasty!
Nice job on that crust.  Insects are a progressive choice for topping.  Maybe if you put a little bacon on there, I'd venture a slice.
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2014, 08:32:05 PM »
Insects are a rather popular snack here in Thailand.  They eat anything from simple grasshoppers to cockroaches, worms, larvae, and scorpions.  I tend to stick with crickets and grasshoppers.  Here's a close-up shot.
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2014, 09:03:39 PM »
Kirk,

Ewww, the sight of those grasshoppers on your pizza gives me the shivers, especially in the close up shot.  :-D  I did eat fried grasshoppers one time at the Smithsonian but I think I am too old now to be so adventurous. 

Your pizza looks very good though.

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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2014, 09:18:04 PM »
It was an unplanned thing.  We were winding down the night in the shop and decided to make a pizza for the staff.  As we were looking at balls of fresh mozzarella and cured meats trying to decide what to make, I noticed everyone (including my wife) eating bags of fried crickets.  I asked them if they wanted to try a pizza with crickets and everyone got really excited.  Those are the only two photos I got because it was devoured very quickly.

The crust is my normal NY dough rolled out to make a thin-crust.  We don't sell it this way in the shop, but we when we feel like eating a thin-crust it's the easiest thing to do.   
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2014, 09:43:35 PM »
No thanks.
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2014, 08:11:45 PM »
Cockroach fried pizza on a menu could only imagine if you tried that one in the states, don't think your grasshopper one would fly either, if you could get past the hoppers might actually be good  ??? ....I'll stick to pepperoni  :pizza:

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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2014, 09:30:44 PM »
Do cockroaches and fly larvae next.
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2014, 09:35:15 PM »
I heard they're bad for your teeth.  :(

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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2014, 09:37:51 PM »
I seen pizza with crushed ants. Apparently they have a nice peppery taste.

Haven't tried it yet.
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2014, 09:45:11 PM »
Do cockroaches and fly larvae next.

I can get those here, but I think cockroaches cross my psychological barrier of foods I don't want to eat. 

Crickets and grasshoppers - no problem
Worms and larvae - no problem
Red Ant Eggs - Now they are downright tasty!!
Cockroaches - Haven't been able to go there yet...

Not sure what comes next on the adventurous toppings list...
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2014, 10:04:37 PM »
I can get those here, but I think cockroaches cross my psychological barrier of foods I don't want to eat. 

Crickets and grasshoppers - no problem
Worms and larvae - no problem
Red Ant Eggs - Now they are downright tasty!!
Cockroaches - Haven't been able to go there yet...

Not sure what comes next on the adventurous toppings list...
Can you take like a lil handful of raw ant eggs and eat 'em?
Are they expensive?
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2014, 11:11:00 PM »
Can you take like a lil handful of raw ant eggs and eat 'em?
Are they expensive?

Bob,

You could do that, but most of the time they are used as an ingredient in Thai home cooking.  My favorite way is the have them in steamed egg, but there are many ways to use them.  They are not available at the market right now.  I think they become available  again in a few months. 

They are quite cheap to buy.  They are usually sold on a leaf in an amount that typically costs about 50-70 cents. 
« Last Edit: January 23, 2014, 11:19:18 PM by kdefay »
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2014, 11:19:53 PM »
Bob,

You could do that,
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2014, 11:23:26 PM »
I don't understand how they can be so cheap.  Red ants are mean, nasty little buggers with a stinging bite.  Whatever the poor fools are being paid to collect these things, it's not enough.
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2014, 11:37:22 PM »
I don't understand how they can be so cheap.  Red ants are mean, nasty little buggers with a stinging bite.  Whatever the poor fools are being paid to collect these things, it's not enough.
Dang! You got some man-eater sized red ants over there or what kdefy? Them's some big ol eggs man!  :o

And thanks for the pic...that is really neat.

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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2014, 09:35:28 PM »
My special interest is in toppings.  How easy are these various bugs to buy? Do you have to go to a pet store?

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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2014, 09:50:50 PM »
This is Thailand.  Fried bugs are a very common snack.  If we want some, we just pop over to the market and buy a bag.  They're already fried and salted (not squirmy...).  I've only put them on pizza once as a novelty, but it went over great with the staff because they love to eat them.
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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #18 on: April 20, 2014, 03:09:25 PM »
Kirk,

I don't know what this guy was complaining about  :-D:



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Re: Insects as a topping
« Reply #19 on: April 20, 2014, 10:37:57 PM »
Kirk,

I don't know what this guy was complaining about  :-D:



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Really....how unappreciative since he didn't say they charged him for that extra topping.  :-\
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