Bug Appétit! Yummy?   

(Above source: YouTube video)

Cooking with Critters debuts today on The ON Channel, but animal lovers need not fear: these aren’t the kinds of critters Elly Mae loved so much on The Beverly Hillbillies.

No, we’re talking about bonafide bugs here, with insect chef Aly Moore cooking tasty dishes in six episodes, each lasting from 10 to 15 minutes. Basically, she’s preparing recognizable recipes, but with farm-raised bugs — be they ants, crickets, or, judging from our featured photo above, roaches — replacing meat, fish, chicken or even tofu as the protein.

Moore believes that insect cuisine is going to be a growing trend in “foodie culture.” “Bugs make a lot of sense,” she says, “They are healthy, super nutritious for you and super sustainable, and when cooked right they are delicious.”

Incidentally, Cooking with Critters isn’t the first insect cooking show. The Smithsonian Channel, for example, began streaming six five-minute Bug Bites episodes in 2018. You can still see them all free on YouTube. Here, you can learn how to make grasshopper tacos:

The ON channel has subscription plans starting at $1.99 a month, with no free trial, or $2.99 with a seven-day trial.

For more info, including a list of devices, visit TheONChannel.com.

For more on Cooking with Critters, visit TheONChannel.com/programs/Cooking_with_Critters.

If you watch either Cooking with Critters or Bug Bites and try any of the recipes, let us know about your experience in the comments section below!

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Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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