I live in Seussville. The shelves are stacked with Dr Seuss books, toys and games. My five year old is hooked on The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs & Ham in all their incarnations – readable, audio, visual and playable in real life. (He has an umbrella and hat just for this occasion.) His first read words were from Dr Seuss’ ABC, and now he can explore Whoville and Mulberry Street on Seussville.com. Dr Seuss is popular this week, as his 107th birthday would have come on March 2. And so to celebrate, I thought I’d share one of my favorite recipes – Green Eggs & Ham. I came up with these little nibbles just so I could use the name, but it has turned into one of my most well-used recipes – great for parties, they’re like deviled eggs, only better.
Green Eggs & Ham
6 large eggs
1 tsp. canola oil
2 slices deli ham, chopped (or a bit of leftover roast ham)
A handful of fresh spinach or chard, chopped
1 Tbsp. light mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Place the eggs in a medium saucepan. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Cover, remove from heat and let stand 15 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water until cool. Peel and slice in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and set 3 aside for another use, or feed them to your dog.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan set over medium heat and sauté the ham for a minute. Add the spinach and cook for another minute, until wilted.
In a medium bowl mash the 3 yolks with the mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until smooth. Add the spinach mixture and stir until well blended.
Stuff egg white halves with filling and serve immediately. Makes 12.
Per egg half: 55 calories, 3.7 g total fat (1.1 g saturated fat, 1.5 g monounsaturated fat, 0.6 g polyunsaturated fat), 4.5 g protein, 0.8 g carbohydrate, 111 mg cholesterol, 0.1 g fiber. 61% calories from fat