Melt the butter in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onions, celery and bell peppers. Season with salt and cayenne. Cook, stirring, until the vegetables are soft and slightly golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. In a large mixing bowl, combine the crabmeat, green onions, cheese, parsley, mustard, mayonnaise, the cooled vegetables and 3/4 cups of the bread crumbs. Mix well. Divide the mixture into 10 equal portions and form them into 1-inch-thick cakes (patties). In a shallow bowl, combine the flour with 1 teaspoon of the Essence. In another bowl, whisk the egg with the water. In a third bowl, combine the remaining 3/4 cup bread crumbs and 1 teaspoon of the Creole seasoning. Heat the remaining 1 cup oil to 360ºF in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Dredge the cakes first in the seasoned flour, tapping off any excess, then in the egg wash, letting the excess drip off. Dredge the cakes in the seasoned bread crumbs, coating them evenly. Gently lay the cakes, 3 to 4 at a time, in the oil and fry until lightly golden, about 4 minutes on each side.
Preheat the fryer.
Fry the potatoes in batches until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally for overall browning. Drain the cakes on paper towels. Season the cakes with the remaining teaspoon Creole seasoning. Drain the potatoes on paper towels. Season with salt. Spoon the horseradish sauce in the center of each plate. Lay the crab cakes in the center of the sauce. Spoon the corn and tomato salad over each cake. Pile the potatoes on top of the salad.
Garnish with parsley.
Yield: 10 cakes
EMERIL’S CREOLE SEASONING:
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.
Yield: 2/3 cup