Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Green Eggs and Ham

I made this once before for my kids with great results.  This time I thought I’d actually record the recipe and share it with you all.  It isn’t exactly the green eggs from Dr. Seuss so you may have to cook with your kids so they believe it’s really eggs!  My son said “Mom, it’s really more like an omelette.”  To which I replied “Well, some people would say it’s more like a quiche or others a frittata but guess what?  They are all eggs.”  I don’t know how you would make a yolk green like the book other than let it sit out of the fridge for a few weeks :).  This is the next best thing, and better yet, it’s healthy and will get your kids eating something they may never have consented to before:  SPINACH!  This recipe was shared between me and my 4 kids and was just enough for us so I would it say serves 3-4 adults.  You’ll note the “ham” pictured below isn’t quite ham … it’s a “leftovers” mixture of ham, pork and sausage from our deli.  See notes below for additions and substitutions100_3024.  Here’s the recipe:

Add 1 tbsp of margarine (or oil) to oven-proof skillet (approx. 8 inch).  Heat just until margarine is melted and covered bottom of pan.  Pre-heat oven to 400 deg. F (see below for stove-top method).

Blend in food processor or blender.
6 eggs
1/4 cup milk (whole or evaporated is best)
2 tbsp of grated parmesan cheese


Add most of egg mixture to skillet, reserving approx. 1/4 cup.  Add following ingredients to reserved egg mixture.
1 handful fresh spinach (approx. 2 packed cups)
1/2 tsp salt
A few dashes of black pepper, garlic and onion powder to taste

Process or blend spinach mixture until nearly pureed.  Add mixture to eggs in skillet and mix until well blended and eggs appear green.  You may discover a few whole spinach leaves at this time which you should remove.  Bake in 400 deg F oven for 20-25 minutes.  Meanwhile fry slices of ham in skillet on medium heat until browned. Eggs are done when they have puffed and are starting to slightly brown on top.  Cut eggs into pie slices and serve with ham.

-My little guy doesn’t like eggs and cheese so I opted out of too much but if you are big egg and cheese fan add up to 1/4 cup parm or 1 cup mozza or cheddar.
-The first time I made this I used thawed spinach.  I think maybe 1/4 cup of the thawed stuff would be enough but I’m not 100% sure.  This would also be good with cooked broccoli but I’m not sure if it would give the same color.
-I like to use the oven because once it’s in there you don’t have to bother with it until it’s done.  If you don’t have the time you can do this on the stove with similar results in less than ten minutes.  Cook on low-medium heat.  When egg begins to firm along sides, use spatula to loosen edges and allow uncooked egg to moved to the bottom of the skillet.  Repeat this until eggs are nearly cooked through with top being a little moist.  Place in oven under broiler for 1-2 minutes until eggs are fully set.

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