Two summer favorites join forces in these superlative sliders: crab cakes and fried green tomatoes. While the crab cakes cook in the oven, green tomatoes are breaded and fried. A creamy homemade remoulade spread pulls together these crispy, juicy bites.
For the crab cakes: Gently fold together the crabmeat, panko, mayonnaise, chives, Dijon, seafood seasoning, lemon zest and juice, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper in a large bowl. Refrigerate the crab mixture for 30 minutes to firm up; this allows the panko to absorb some of the liquid, helping the crab cakes bind together.
For the remoulade: Meanwhile, combine the mayonnaise, parsley, Dijon, capers, hot sauce, Worcestershire, paprika, cayenne, garlic, lemon juice and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
For the crab cakes: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet with butter.
Scoop 1/3-cup mounds of the crab mixture, pat into 1-inch-thick patties and place on the prepared baking sheet. You should have 9 patties. Bake until golden around the edges and heated through, about 205 minutes.
For the fried green tomatoes: Meanwhile, heat 1/2 inch of oil in a large Dutch oven or skillet over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F. Line a plate with paper towels or set a wire rack inside a rimmed baking sheet.
Whisk together the flour, cayenne, garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Whisk the eggs in another shallow dish. Put the panko in a third shallow dish. Dip each tomato slice in the flour, then egg, then panko.
Fry the green tomatoes, flipping, until golden, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the prepared plate or rack.
For serving: Split the slider buns. Put a fried green tomato on each bottom bun. Spoon some remoulade over each, add a crab cake and top with pickled red onions and Bibb lettuce. Close the sliders with the top buns.
If small green tomatoes are unavailable, you can halve or quarter larger slices to fit your slider buns.
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