From Too Many Chefs -

March 17, 2006
Green Eggs and Ham

I do not like them Sam-I-amWhen I was four or five, my sister liked to tease me about green eggs and ham. I was a huge Dr. Seuss fan (still am, in fact) and she swore up and down that green eggs did in fact exist. No, not colored with dye, but honest to goodness naturally occurring green eggs. I so wanted to believe her.

Well, this simple dish is for any parents out there who want to help their children believe (and, incidentally, eat a quick and healthy dish). Unfortunately, you'll have to make it when they aren't watching. But if they are young enough - say two or three instead of four or five - you can probably distract them and have some fun. My boy isn't actually old enough to understand much of that classic Green Eggs and Ham but he has had it read to him a few times and seems to like the rhyming. And when he's a little older, I'll show him the pictures of himself eating green eggs and ham just in case he doesn't believe.

It's dead simple. You take one small zucchini/courgette and scrub it well. Slice it in rounds or chunks and toss it in a bowl. Cover the bowl with a saucer or plastic wrap and microwave on high for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. (Alternatively, you can steam the zucchini in a pan. Microwaving is nice and quick, though, and you can use the same bowl to serve afterwards.)

Put the zucchini in the basin of your stick blender and zap them until you have a smooth purée. Add one egg and zap again until it's all frothy and bubbly.

Melt a little butter in a small frying pan and when it's bubbling pour in the egg and zucchini mixture. Cook over a medium flame until the egg has solidified. You may find, as I did, that there is a certain amount of water that just will not incorporate in the eggs. I just left it in the pan when I served the eggs.

Serve over a a slice of ham and watch your child gobble up an entire zucchini without realising it. And if he doesn't, you have loads of things to say: would you, could you, with a fox? would you could you in a box? And You do not like them. So you say. Try them, try them! And you may. Try them and you may, I say.

And actually, if you want to feed the child in yourself, I can confirm they are pretty tasty, Zucchini is a pretty sweet vegetable and the eggs become very tender and fluffy with the purée. Try them, try them!

Posted by Meg in Sussex at March 17, 2006 10:46 PM

That's a great and better tasting way than the one I've seen to make green eggs.

The way I'd seen was done by Jesse Jackson on a morning news show a few years ago after he'd read Green Eggs and Ham on Saturday Night Live.

He added grape jelly to the eggs, which somehow turned the jelly and eggs green. This looks much tastier.

Posted by barrett on March 18, 2006 at 7:49 AM

oh now i get it - In my minds eye it as always a fried egg (maybe it was the illustration in the book) and I could never work out how to make a green fried egg.

Scrambling them green. What a simple solution to the age old problem.

Posted by sam on March 18, 2006 at 11:21 AM

Sam, you are right - in the illustrations they are fried eggs. Amazing fried eggs that survive rain, wind, submersion in water and still come out tasty! And oddly enough the ham is green too...!

The only way I can think of doing them to REALLY food anyone would be to use a pinprick to introduce food colouring. But this works fine for a 15 month old!

Posted by Meg in Paris on March 18, 2006 at 11:40 AM

I once saw Michael Chiarello do poached eggs with chive oil over prosciutto. . .on the grill. Looked awfully tasty. . .but not as good for you!

The recipe is on the food network website under green eggs and ham.

Wonder how eggs would taste with a mild pesto?

Posted by Tehemina on March 20, 2006 at 11:03 AM

I had a "Green Egg Omelette" that was made with pesto for brunch a few weeks ago. They served it with shavings of parmesan. I had high hopes, but it was quite terrible, as was the rest of the meal and service that particular day...

Posted by Monica on March 20, 2006 at 1:11 PM

My mom would make "green eggs & ham" by dicing bacon and mixing it into scrambled eggs along with a couple drops of food coloring. This looks a lot tastier.

Posted by Andrew on March 24, 2006 at 2:46 PM