Pieminister, a pie firm set up in Britain since 2003, has recently launched a cricket pie ahead of the British Pie Week. The pie which they call The Hopper is getting attention and being tagged as probably the most disturbing pie. After experimenting with scorpion and giant water bug, the pie firm, settled for crickets.
According to the firm’s spokesperson, the cricket-flavored pie is inspired by Mexican streetfood. In Mexico, crickets are often served up to hungry punters. The Hopper’s ingredients include black beans, a rich tomato, chipotle chilli, and sour cream sauce. Its finishes include a fresh lime and coriander.
The spokesman said: “Insects could become a regular feature on western menus in the future as they’re a green and sustainable protein source compared to other meats.”
This recipe, as they said, is pie-makers’ way of creating great pies in sustainable and responsible way.
The crickets use in The Hopper have been farm-raised in Europe and supplied by Crunchy Critters. The said supplier sources the insects from ethical suppliers who only used organic food to feed their crickets to make sure they are healthy.
While the pie-makers said they have already been cricket converts now after this invention, one pie fan said: “I like my pie to have steak or chicken in it, not some crunchy cricket. If I wanted to eat bugs I’d go into my garden and turn over a few rocks.”