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Cannellini bean hummus with cicadas: an alternative dish

Tiziana Colombo: per voi, Nonnapaperina

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Tiziana Colombo

Recipes for Intolerants, Italian Cuisine
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Preparation: 01 ore 00 min
Cooking: 01 ore 00 min
Ingredients for: 4 people
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Cannellini bean hummus with cicadas: an easy-to-prepare DIY delight

Let’s take a break from the well-known side dishes that we are accustomed to—the ones that never fail to surprise us and are practically eaten out of habit. Unusual and extraordinary meals arrive from far away, bringing some freshness to our table. These foods are rich in many nutrients due to their combination of contents.

What we are going to present today is a dish that certainly cannot fail to arouse appreciation and wonder. We are talking about cannellini beans, bacon, and cicadas hummus. We know that classic hummus is made with chickpeas, but for this particular dish, we will use white beans, which are more delicate and softer than chickpeas. The dish’s unexpected and perfect accompaniment will be bacon and cicadas.

Recipe cannellini hummus with cicadas

Preparation cannellini hummus with cicadas

  • Transfer the cannellini beans to a bowl, add the salt, black pepper, and lemon juice, and use an immersion blender to emulsify everything while gradually incorporating the oil.
  • After heating a pan over medium heat, add the bacon slices and cook until crispy and golden brown.
  • Then serve by placing the hummus on plates and garnishing it with the dried cicadas and the warm bacon.
  • Decorate as you like, and serve.

Ingredients cannellini hummus with cicadas

  • 200 gr. of cooked cannellini beans
  • 50 gr. of extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 fried and salted cicadas
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • lemon juice
  • salt and black pepper

The acceptance of Eastern cuisine customs in our own

We would like to suggest a really satisfying meal that combines cannellini beans, which are especially high in glucodrine (a chemical that lowers blood sugar and is therefore good for people who have trouble eating vegetables on a regular basis), with bacon and cicadas. Cannellini beans are rich in vitamins and mineral salts, which makes them suitable for their purifying effect. They also contain lecithin, a substance that helps those suffering from cholesterol.

Cannellini beans are bright white beans that are not very huge. They are used in cooking, especially for salads and side dishes like the ones in this recipe, where they complement the tomatoes very well. I also add thyme, which has a wonderful perfume, to the tomatoes to enhance their flavour.

These tiny beans are definitely delicious and very beneficial to your health. Their antioxidant function is one of the most significant.

Due to their high lecithin content, which has a favourable effect on weight loss, all legumes are particularly advised in the treatment of constipation and in fat loss treatments. The contraindications instead concern those who are affected by gastritis or colitis, since many residues of these foods are digested only in the colon, giving rise to fermentation and flatulence. Legumes are also contraindicated in cases of gout, as they are rich in purines, substances that, when catabolized, cause the formation of uric acid.

The bacon we are going to use will give a particular and intense flavour to this side dish. Not to be confused with traditional pork belly bacon, this bacon requires more meticulous and different processing. In addition to being obtained from other cuts of pork, it is left in brine, and after a long drying process, it is cooked in the oven, steamed, or smoked.

hummus di cannellini, bacon e cicale

The extraordinary news of insect consumption

Ants, scorpions, larvae, and cicadas are just some edible insects with which we will probably become familiar soon. Previously, they were typically portrayed as instructive toys for young children, but now they are served to us in a crispy, caramelised form. These are foods that we should probably start looking at with less distrust: if the EU has authorised their commerce in its member states—Italy obviously included—there must be a good reason.

It’s important for anyone interested in this superfood to realise that entire populations have been consuming it since the beginning of time. However, there’s more: research on samples of individuals who routinely eat insects suggests that their health has greatly improved. Ants, scorpions, cockroaches, and their larvae are rich sources of protein that have almost no fat or calories.

However, the inclusion of these delectable insects in our cannellini beans, bacon, and cicada hummus is what truly makes them special. These insects have been a staple of many nations’ diets for generations, but due to recent changes in import laws, they have made an appearance in our diet.

Cicadas, which are edible insects with nutritional content similar to that of our most popular sea crustaceans, are used in this recipe. They’re pleasant and crispy, packed with highly valuable proteins that the body can easily absorb, and highly nutritious. At the table, our hummus with cicadas will be a true novelty—a winning concoction of taste, uniqueness, and authenticity.

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