Thursday

Green Eggs and Ham for Grown-Ups

For dinner on Dr. Seuss' birthday,
I decided to fix Green Eggs and Ham,
adult style.

I used a recipe my aunt gave me for
"Ham and Cheese Pies"
and colored it green to honor the Doc.
The ingredients you will need for this recipe are as follows:

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1-1/3 cup diced, cooked ham (a great way to use up leftovers!)
8 eggs
3-1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon tarragon
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
green food coloring (if you're making it honor of the doc!)
4 cups unseasoned croutons

Slightly beat all the eggs in a bowl.
Add all the other ingredients,
except the croutons, and mix together.
Add a few drops of green food coloring and mix again.
Divide the egg mixture into two pie pans, 10 " x 1-1/2".

At this point, you may cover and refrigerate the pies
for up to 24 hours.

(This note is for all of you who plan ahead,
unlike me,
who decided to make this the afternoon before dinner!)

When you're ready to bake the pies,
top them each with 2 cups of croutons.

Bake them, uncovered, at 350 degrees,
for about 45-50 minutes.
When a knife is inserted 1" from the edge and it comes out clean,
the pies are ready to come out.

Let them stand 10 minutes before serving.

Side note:
You can make your own croutons by slicing bread into 1/2" cubes,
and baking them at 200 degrees on a Pam-sprayed pizza pan.
Do this for about an hour, stirring the bread every 15 minutes or so.

This is a great way to use the heels of the loaves of loaves
or bread that is on the verge of becoming too stale to eat.
While the kiddos tried the dish,
I read to them
Dr. Seuss'
"Green Eggs and Ham,"
of course!

The critics responded to the recipe in the following manner:
Thumbs down from Jungle Girl...
Thumbs down from Little Wild Man...
...but two thumbs up from Baby Girl and Wonder Mom!

6 comments:

  1. At least they tried it - that's the whole point of the story isn't it? :)

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  2. You are SO astute, my friend!

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  3. You may tell Grace and Garrett they are OFF the Christmas list! (I notice Chris wasn't included in the judging panel.)

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  4. You are TOO funny Suzie!

    (Oh, Chris DID eat later, as you heard during our phone conversation...he would give it a one thumb up for taste, but one thumb down for color...)

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  5. Yum. I will have to keep this bookmarked for our next green egg celebration:)
    Thanks for linking your post to ABC's author challenge.

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