Morton Bay Bug Skewers

Ben O'Donoghue

Ingredients:

Serves 4

  • 8 Moreton Bay bugs
  • 200g thinly sliced dried pancetta
  • 8 bay leaves
  • 4 ripe figs, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Method:

  1. Prepare your barbecue for direct grilling over a high heat.
  2. Prepare the bugs by removing the meat from the shells. To do this, remove the head, use a pair of scissors to cut along each side under the tail, then pull out the flesh.
  3. Take 4 metal skewers and thread the following onto each skewer: a bug’s tail, some thinly sliced pancetta, a bay leaf and half a fig, then repeat the sequence to complete the skewer.
  4. Brush the skewers with a little oil and place over a high heat to cook until the bugs are translucent, the thin pancetta is crisp and the figs are oozy and caramelised.
  5. To serve, dress with a squeeze of lemon juice.

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