Sometimes, Your Revered Chef likes to revel in fond childhood memories, when swallowing a live nightcrawler was considered to be a trial of courage. But alas, there is some culinary sense to that! Indeed, well-prepared nightcrawler fritters have a much more earthy, if not nutty taste when compared to your standard fried squid rings, which are more or less tasteless.
Get a fresh package of decently sized (read “fat”) Canadian nightcrawlers at your favorite local bait & tackle shop. Let the nightcrawler roam for two days in a box stuffed with some shredded newspapers for “self-cleaning” purposes.
Prepare a batter and use India Pale Ale instead of water. Liberally dunk the nightcrawlers in the batter and transfer immediately to a frying pan with hot sesame oil. Fry until golden-brown and crispy.
Serve with a mixed salad of your choice!
A white Bergerac goes nicely with this.
Your Revered Chef