These are inspired by New Orleans-style sandwiches of fried seafood with lots of slaw and dressing on a crusty French baguette. You can also put them on a roll and call them a slider. Either way, it's a hearty, easy and delicious way to enjoy our farmed abalone from Davenport. They can be served as appetizers for 6 or entrees for 2 or 3 people.
Seared Abalone with Roasted Asparagus and Coke Farm Polenta
Whole seared abalone with a blistered cherry tomato, red onion and wine compote. I accompanied this with local asparagus and Coke Farm polenta. I would pair it with the wine you used in the compote. I go with a sauvignon blanc as my cooking wine for this dish.
Abalone Roll by Thomas Hill Organics, Paso Robles, California.
From The Whole Fish.
Thomas Hill Organics is a market-bistro located in the heart of downtown Paso Robles. Joe and Debbie Thomas began as an organic farm growing unique varieties of heirloom fruits, nuts and vegetables in the hills overlooking the town. They also make their own wine with grapes that are estate grown. Their bistro is dedicated to serving organic produce from their farm and highlighting unique wines from the Central Coast. This recipe was developed in collaboration with Thomas Hill Organics chef, Julie Simon.
Abalone fillets have a very mild flavor, and so we recommend using delicate sauces with them. This is a simple sauce with aioli on the side. (This recipe is from Food52). When I made these, I had basil in my garden, so I substituted basil for tarragon, and it was delicious. The abalone pictured here is served with black Imperial rice that has a rich, nutty flavor.
This recipe is from chef David Kinch of Manresa in Los Gatos and was featured in the SF Chronicle in February 2007. This recipe involves giving the abalone only the mildest pounding, leaving it a good 1/2 inch thick.
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