I found a booklet full of cicada recipes. I am not saying you should be eating these little guys, but just in case you were interested in taking a taste, try one of the recipes!

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Here is one example of a Cicada Recipe.

Soft-shelled Cicadas

1 Cup Worcestershire sauce
60 freshly emerged 17-year cicadas
4 eggs, beaten
3 cups flour
Salt and pepper to season flour
1 cup corn oil or slightly salted butter

Marinate cicadas, alive in a sealed container, in Worcestershire sauce for
several hours.*'
Dip them, in beaten egg, roll them in seasoned flour and then gently saute them until they
golden brown.

4 main dish seervings

*This step may be skipped and you may go directly to the egg step instead.
(From Chicago Tribune, Perspective Section, Sunday, April 22)


Cica-Delicious Pizza*

3 cloves garlic, pressed
3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil
2 tbsp. chopped fresh italian parsley
4 cups chopped tomatoes, including juice and seeds
1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped shittake mushrooms
3/4 cup coarsely chopped red onion
3/4 cup kalamata olives, chopped
1 1/2 cups blanched cicadas
1 cup feta cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese
1 recipe of your favorite pizza dough (for a 12" pizza)

1. Heat oil in sauté pan over medium low heat. Add the garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden.
2. Add the herbs and cook for another minute, until wilted.
3. Add the tomatoes and juice, turn the heat to low, and gently cook, covered, for 10-15 minutes until the tomatoes are soft and the liquid had been absorbed and the sauce has thickened. Remove from heat.
4. Meanwhile, prepare the dough by rolling it out to desired thickness and shaping it into a 12" circle. Using a shallow wooden spoon, spread the tomato sauce over the pizza dough to the desired thickness. 5. Distribute the rest of the ingredients evenly over the top of the pizza.
6. Place pizza in a 375F oven for 15 minutes, or until the top is bubbling and the crust is golden brown.

Enough for 2-3 hungry cicada-maniacs
*change any of the ingredients to suit your personal taste