Posted: Nov 23, 2011 9:51 AM by Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Audubon Insectarium's Thanksgiving turkey has a lot more legs than usual, but they're all in the stuffing.
Two days before Thanksgiving and two days after, the "Bug Appetit" kitchen will serve turkey with cornbread and mealworm stuffing. Pumpkin pie with crickets and cranberry sauce with wax worms is also in the seasonal fare to be served at a spot where creepy crawlies are always on the menu.
Mealworms are beetle larvae, and waxworms are caterpillars. Most of the year, you'll find the mealworms in salsa, the waxworms fried, and crickets in cream cheese spread or "chocolate chirp cookies."
Employees of the bug museum in New Orleans cook in full view of patrons, and anyone brave enough can have a taste.