Moreton Bay bugs with figs and pancetta kebabs

Moreton Bay bugs with figs and pancetta kebabs

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Serves
4
Photographer
Billy Law

I love bugs. They are truly one of the strangest-looking crustaceans we eat, but one of the tastiest — in my opinion, second only to wild marron. I cooked this dish on a TV cook-off series called The Best in Australia. Personally, I think it should have won! Everything about it works.

This combination of fruit, seafood and meat is quite common in the Mediterranean. Just make sure you have lovely ripe figs and fresh bugs. Ideally, the skewers should be cooked over a charcoal fire, but a regular grill will do.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8 moreton bay bugs or slipper lobsters
200g thinly sliced dried pancetta
8 bay leaves
4 ripe figs, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lemon, juiced, or to taste

Method

  1. Prepare your barbecue for direct grilling over a high heat.
  2. Prepare the bugs or slipper lobsters 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 four metal skewers and thread the following onto each skewer: a bug’s tail, some thinly sliced pancetta, a bay leaf and half a figs, 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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