Cheddar Crab Sliders with Old Bay

Summers on the East Coast and more specifically in Maryland, are quite a special thing. There are more traditions than just the usual cookouts with burgers and hot dogs. Let me paint a picture for you. Imagine a long, rectangle table with newspaper rustically draped to keep it covered. The table is studded with paper towel rolls, non strategically placed and are accompanied by little wooden hammers. Ice cold beer bottles, little bowls of melted butter, and a spice in a red and yellow can are the finishing touches. There aren’t any plates or utensils laid out. Just crabs, paper, and two hands are all you need. Oh and good conversation because you might be sitting there for a long time.

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Since it’s National Burger Day, I figured I should have another burger on here other than this gem. Also, my husband is allergic to shellfish (a crime, I know), so I don’t cook with it much. But to keep my “I’m from Maryland” badge, I wanted to put up a recipe that involved crab in some way. These sliders are topped with a fresh crab salad then drizzled with a cheddar, Old Bay sauce. The burger is seasoned perfectly, the sweet crab salad adds a bite of freshness, and the cheddar sauce is sharp with a little bit of spice. They are the perfect balance of surf and turf but they will make you miss Summer a little bit more than you already do. And just in crab eating fashion, all you need are your two hands, and if you have any common decency, a paper towel to enjoy.

Our Surf ‘n Turf ingredient line up:

From Top Left to Right: Ground beef, cheddar, milk, garlic, Dijon mustard, red onion, red bell pepper, dried oregano, Worchestire sauce, rolls, flour, lump crab meat, and that purdy little can is Old Bay. I totally forgot the butter in this pic. Sorry! Also, if you don’t have access to Old Bay in your supermarket (it’s our God given right!), Amazon sells it.

That may look like a lot of ingredients but the good news is most of them are thrown into a bowl with the beef and most of them are probably in your pantry. They make for a very tasty burger! We make little patties that match the size of our buns! Aren’t they cute?

The crab, red onion, and red bell pepper are tossed in a bowl together. They get a healthy sprinkling of Old Bay. Perfect! Make sure you taste for seasoning here. I don’t know how much Old Bay you like to get down with.

Now, what should be here is a picture of the cheddar Old Bay sauce. But it’s not and I’m sorry I forgot to take a pic by itself. Just a quick encouragement about mornay sauce aka the cheese sauce. Stir that milk until it’s thick. About 3 minutes in, you might start doubting yourself. Stick with it and keep stirring. It WILL thicken.
Our delicious sliders are assembled. Bottom bun, patty, crab, cheese drizzle, top bun. These sliders are incredibly flavorful but make you hardly work for it. EAT THESE TONIGHT! If you don’t, you know you will be thinking about them until you do. Happy sliders making!


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Old Bay Cheddar Sliders with Crab

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Servings
sliders


Ingredients
Beef Sliders

Cheddar Old Bay Sauce

Crab Salad

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Servings
sliders


Ingredients
Beef Sliders

Cheddar Old Bay Sauce

Crab Salad


Instructions
Beef Sliders
  1. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, red pepper, garlic, Worchestire sauce, Dijon, and oregano. Mix the ingredients, fluffing with a fork. Make slider patties the size of the bun you’re using.

  2. In a skillet over medium high heat, add olive oil. Once hot add patties, cooking 2-3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and cover with foil.

Cheddar Old Bay Sauce
  1. Melt butter over medium heat then add flour, whisking for 2 minutes. Still whisking, add milk, making sure there aren’t any clumps. Once smooth, switch to a wooden spoon, and stir milk until thickened about 5-8 minutes. It may take even longer depending. Take sauce off the heat and add old bay, salt, pepper, and cheddar cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Taste for seasoning and if you need more Old Bay. You want to be able to taste it.

Crab Salad
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Taste for seasoning.

Assembling Sliders
  1. Place a beef patty on a bun and top with crab salad. Drizzle with cheese sauce and put the top bun on. Serve warm.


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