Abalone and Dates

 

Abalone and Dates

Abalone is a shellfish considered a delicacy in many parts of the world. This tasty recipe uses a blend of herbs and spices with the delicate whole shellfish to make a dish to please your taste-buds. Serve garnished with fresh coriander and accompanied by a side salad.
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Total Time: 55 minutes
Author: The Cook

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh whole abalone, ; if frozen defrost thoroughly in fridge before using
  • 2 cups pitted dried black dates, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh fenugreek, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 spring onion (scallion), finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • coriander sprigs, to garnish
  • 1 large foil roasting bag

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 190°C. (375°F ; Gas Mark 5). Grease inside of roasting bag and put it on a heatproof baking sheet.
  • Using a food processor, blend butter, coriander, parsley, fenugreek, chives, spring onion, black pepper and paprika for about 3 minutes using the pulse button. Do not over process. The butter should be speckled with the herbs.
  • Spoon the butter onto a plate and allow to set. Cut butter into ½ cm chunks. Set aside.
  • Wash abalone, place inside the roasting bag and top with the dates and chunks of butter.
  • Carefully roll up the bag opening in the direction of the top of the bag to keep in the heat, prevent the juices from leaking and to ensure a good blending of flavours.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or if using a barbecue, follow the barbecue's manual directions for foil baking fish according to weight.
  • Serve hot garnished with coriander sprigs, accompanied by a salad.
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