Green Eggs and Ham recipe is an eggs-tremely tasty and easy to make! This is a fun meal idea that all family members will love. These ham cups are formed and baked in muffin tins.
Did you know that Green Eggs and Ham was the product of a bet between Dr. Seuss and his publisher? The publisher challenged Dr. Seuss to write a book with just only 50 words. This book, published on August 12, 1960, went on to become the fourth best-selling children’s book of all time. Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) was an American author, political cartoonist, poet, animator, book publisher, and artist, best known for authoring children’s books under the pen name Dr. Seuss.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, extra-virgin
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 large green onions or shallots, finely chopped
- 1 (10-ounce) box frozen spinach, chopped, defrosted in microwave and liquids drained
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup heavy cream (eyeball it)
- Salt and freshly-ground black pepper
- Nutmeg, freshly grated, to taste
- 8 slices deli ham or prosciutto di Parma
- 8 eggs
- Toast points, buttered
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a frying pan over medium heat, heat the extra-virgin olive oil and the butter; and the shallots or green onion and sweat the shallots a few minutes. Add the spinach and stir in the cream, season with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a little grated nutmeg. Cook the spinach, stirring occasionally, until the cream has thickened, approximately 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning to your taste.
Fold each slice of ham or prosciutto in half and line the nonstick muffin cups with 1 slice of meat each. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the cooked spinach into each of the cups, then crack an egg into each, making sure it stays whole. If you are worried about breaking the egg yolk, crack the egg into a small bowl first, then pour it into the muffin cup.
Season the tops of the eggs with salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven until the eggs are set, approximately 15 minutes. Remove from oven and allow the baked eggs to cool in the muffin cups for a couple of minutes before removing them from the pan.
Season eggs with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Carefully remove eggs (with ham) from muffin cups, using 2 spoons or small spatulas, and place on individual serving plates.
Garnish with triangles of buttered toast leaned on the cups to dip in the yolk as desired. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings (Serve two eggs per person).
Sources: This recipe and photo are from Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals television show, episode BMD4.