Cascadian Crab Club Burger with Mean Green Fried Tomatoes

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Reach for our Chardonnay when you’re in the mood for a rich and creamy wine that delights with the fruity flair of pear, apple, and peach.


Avocado Sauce
1 ripe firm California avocado, peeled and pit removed
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon Tabasco chipotle hot sauce
1/4 cup crumbled Mexican cotiga cheese

Fried Green Tomatoes
1/3 cup panko
1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg
6(1/4-inch thick, 3 inch round)slightly firm green tomato slices
1/4 cup Colavita extra virgin olive oil

Crab Burgers
12 slices thick sliced applewood smoked bacon, cut in half crosswise
1 large egg
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/3 cup panko
1/3 cup finely chopped green onion
3 tablespoons drained chopped pimentos
3 tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 pound cooked Dungeness crab, rough chopped
12 (1/2 inch thick) sourdough bread slices from a large sourdough bread loaf
2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
6 red leaf lettuce leaves



For Avocado Sauce-Puree avocado, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and hot sauce in food processor, stir in the cotija cheese then set aside.
For Fried Green Tomatoes-prepare a standard outdoor grill to medium high direct heat. Mix together the panko, cornmeal chili powder, salt and pepper in a 9-inch pie dish. In a small bowl beat egg. Dip tomato slices into egg then in cornmeal mixture dredging both sides. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet directly on grill rack. Add tomato slices and cook until golden on both sides about 4 minutes total. Drain on paper towels.
For Crab Burgers-cook bacon in a large ovenproof skillet on grill rack until crisp then drain on paper towels, set aside.
In a large bowl beat egg then mix in mustard, panko, green onion, pimentos, parsley, and salt. Fold in crabmeat, divide into 6 portions then form into patties. Grill crab burgers over medium-high until golden and cooked through but still moist about 4 minutes per side turning once with a large metal spatula. While burgers are grilling lightly brush both sides of bread with the melted butter and lightly toast each side on the outer edge of grill rack.
To serve spread avocado sauce on one side of 6 slices of bread. Top the other slices with a burger then a fried green tomato slice. Next top each with 4 bacon pieces and a lettuce leaf. Add the other bread slices to form burger.