If you are my age (30 something or other) and live in California you have most likely lived most of your life with abalone being illegal to hunt/fish for and only possibly encountering it in a restaurant on the rarest of occasions.
One day when I grow up, I want a restaurant just for fun. Really I do.
But in the mean time, I just get to use my "connections" to get what I want to cook for my mama when the occasion arises. When moms birthday came around the corner and once again I was faced with the task of making her a fabulous dinner, I was saved my normal angst as my dad came up with the entree idea. God love him for this!
As you might have gotten the hint from the title.....Abalone of course.
So our plan was....Brock would go get it in Goleta with our friend Greg (thank you Greg, we love you!)....dad and I would clean it from the shells and Brock would pound it in to its tender state, suitable for cooking.
Then I get to make the sides, salad and sauce...egg wash and flour the abalone, pan fry it and serve it.
Then TV came on, my helpers vacated the kitchen and I found I needed help. Mom found that she coudn't sit still and found it in her heart to help me out...strapped on her apron and helped fry up the abalone. Isn't she cute?
Please enjoy, this is truly a rare delicacy!