Mock Abalone?

2005.Oct.02 Sunday · 3 comments

in Food & Recipes

Mock Abalone or Sauteed Oyster MushroomsBuenos Aires – Picked up some beautiful oyster mushrooms in chinatown the other day. Decided to just do a search for an interesting recipe on the internet and found a great site with all sorts of mushroom recipes. What caught my eye was a recipe for Mock Abalone. I had all the ingredients except one of the herbs, but it was quite sufficient to make a minor change and have a spectacular lunch today! I can’t say I agree that there’s any resemblance to abalone – neither the flavor nor the texture – but it was damned good.

½ cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon dried marjoram
¼ teaspoon dried basil
2 small garlic cloves, minced
¼ teaspoon paprika
1 dozen good sized oyster mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons olive oil
Lemon wedges

Mix the flour, spices, herbs, and garlic in a bag. Add the mushrooms and shake to coat thoroughly. Saute in the butter and oil until browned on both sides. Serve with lemon wedges. Serves 2.

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dan March 25, 2006 at 11:44

This recipe has turned into one of the more looked at ones on this site, interestingly enough. I get monthly stats on things like what searches from various engines brings people to the site, plus what they search for within the site. Strangely, I thought, the last two months suddenly brought roughly six dozen requests per month for a recipe for “mock abalone” between Google and Yahoo. A Google search of my own brought up a January 25 short article on the topic in The San Diego Union-Tribune. I guess a lot of folk in San Diego weren’t happy with that particular recipe (which to me, admittedly, sounds a little questionable – basically breaded chicken breasts that have been marinated in clam juice) and decided to branch out!

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