This week, as the Dr. Seuss children’s book Green Eggs and Ham celebrates its 50th anniversary, we thought it would be fun to try out some recipes for this quirky classic. First thing this morning we rustled up an egg and about a tablespoon of pesto, whisked it together, fried it in a pan, and topped it with a “50”-shaped ham cutout. Oh, and we posed it next to some wacky, Seuss-like sweet frying peppers. (Sure, our little egg isn’t the greenest “green eggs and ham” around, but we’re not big fans of food coloring.) It was only a matter of seconds after this photo was taken that a little hand reached over to the plate… grabbed the egg… and gobbled the whole thing down. Our three-year-old has never let a little thing like green stuff in his eggs stop him.
If your kids are afraid of going too “green,” this version from Nigella Lawson, by way of Disney Family, is a good one to try. With flour and milk added to the egg, it’s more like a pesto pancake or crepe. Plus, when you wrap it around the ham, it makes a nice little brunch entree. Lawson wisely suggests using fresh pesto rather than something out of a jar – you’ll get a sprightlier green color and fresher taste.
Cookin’ Greens has a green eggs and ham recipe that uses hard-boiled eggs, which we like for their sturdy stand-up quality. This version gets its green from pureed cooked spinach and a green chive garnish; the ham is pancetta cooked to a crisp so that it stands up straight. (Trim off a small slice from the round bottom of the egg white to help the egg stand flat.) The end result is perfectly Seuss-like in its wacky-ness.
Last, if you’re willing to break down the food-coloring barrier, and/or if you’re tired of experimenting with eggs, you should check out these whimsical macarons from Eat.Live.Travel.Write. Sure, the colors aren’t exactly found in nature, but they would make for a cheery little treat if you’re having a Dr. Seuss-themed party. Happy birthday, Green Eggs and Ham!
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