Green Eggs and Ham (and Cheese)
Dr. Seuss, how do we love thee? Let me count the ways…
2. Ten Apples on Top Stamping
3. Gooey Goo (ish) Taffy
4. Dr. Seuss Inspired Snacks
5. Wocket in My Pocket T-Shirt
6. And to Think that I Saw it on Lawrence Road Writing Activity
7. The Lorax Themed Birthday Party
So yes, we love Dr. Seuss here on Play Eat Grow. So, with his birthday coming up (March 2nd), it felt like it was time to do another nod to one of our favorite authors. Dr. Seuss, this is for you.
Even people with next to know familiarity of Dr. Seuss are familiar with his iconic book, Green Eggs and Ham. And so I sought to make my own version. I’ve seen versions using real eggs (making a spinach omelet or green deviled eggs) and I saw candy versions (using white chocolate melts and green M&Ms), but I wanted something different. Something I wanted to give my kids and something that they would eat.
Enter dairy and citrus.
To make these green “eggs”, I dolloped a large spoonful of greek-style yogurt (learn how to make it yourself!) on the plate, trying to make as much of a round fried egg shape. Then I dolloped a small spoonful of lime curd (recipe below) and form it into a rounder quenelle (learn about that here) to make your green yolk.
Then read the book before serving with a side of ham (and cheese sandwich).
My boys loved the lime curd/yogurt combination, and I was a fan too, once I mixed it in and got rid of the very vibrant green. Next time, I think I’ll make it just a few drops less green. But I think it turned out quite authentic looking the way it was.
And now for the curd so that you can make your little people (and big people, too!) some green eggs that they will definitely enjoy.
adapted from The Life of Clare
4 eggs yolks
⅔ cups of sugar
¼ cup lime/lemon juice
1 tbsp lime zest
green food coloring
½ cup unsalted butter, chopped into small cubes
1. In a medium pot whisk eggs yolks and sugar together for about 2 mins, until smooth. Whisk in juice and zest until combined. Dye green if desired.
2. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly with plastic spatula until it thickens, approx 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. Add a couple of chunks of butter at a time, wait until almost melted before adding the next.
4. Spoon into clean glass containers and cover with cling wrap.