Most of us probably grew up with the Dr. Suess book Green Eggs and Ham, and as a child I used to think about how tasty they might be. Even though the main character of the book didn’t want them, I thought I might like to try them. I always wondered how they might taste, and the colour really stuck with me as being unique and mysterious.
Apparently, I wasn’t the only person who thought about having some off-coloured eggs and ham, because this is a dish that people actually make in the kitchen and eat. It’s not just made for looks, even though it does look really spectacular.
This is something you can really eat, and I have to say, it doesn’t taste half bad. It’s not high culinary art or something, but there is definitely an art to making these strangely coloured foods and getting them to taste palatable.
I think anyone could toss some green paint on a piece of ham and sunny side up eggs and make them look green. The real trick is making that colour from food items, and you probably already have some idea of how to make green eggs and ham from what I’ve said. Yes, it does involve some green food colouring.
Green Eggs and Ham- How to Make It
This recipe will give you green yolks and white egg whites. You can make it another way, if you would like something different.
Green Eggs and Ham
- 2 ham slices
- 2 eggs
- Green food coloring
- Cooking oil
- Separate the egg yolks and egg whites.
- Holding an egg yolk in your hand gently, add a single drop of green food coloring. Spread the coloring around with your finger to color the entire yolk. Then, do that with the other yolk. Dry the excess food coloring from the yolk with a paper towel so that the whites are not colored.
- Add a tablespoon of cooking oil to a skillet and cook on low heat. Add in the egg whites and cook them until they start to firm up. Then, add the yolks on top.
- Cover the skillet with a lid and cook until the eggs are as firm as you like them.
- Take the eggs out of the skillet and set to the side.
- Add your ham to the skillet and warm it up by cooking on low heat for about 30 seconds.
- Once the ham is cool enough, dab it with a little food coloring to make it green.
You don’t have to follow my directions precisely if you don’t want to. You can leave the ham its original colour, as many people prefer to do. You can also reverse the colour of the eggs with the whites being turned green and the yolks staying their original yellow colour.
It’s up to you how you want to make this look and taste. This is simply one idea for a how to make green eggs and ham recipe.
This is a slightly challenging recipe, I know. It will take a little effort to separate the eggs, but the finished look of the dish is so worth it. You may have some trouble at first, and this may not come out exactly right the first time, especially if you are not used to making eggs sunny side up.
The first time I made them, they came apart on me as I was trying to take them out of the
I also see this as a great method for how to make green eggs and ham in the classroom. You can challenge students in Home Ec class to make these, with a little assistance.
They will learn how to apply food colouring, how to make sunny side eggs, and how to use a skillet. They also get to enjoy the very easy task of heating up ham in a skillet. These are some useful cooking skills, and I think the kids will really be into trying it, if they too grew up reading the Dr. Suess book.
I can’t promise the slightly sweet taste (because of the food colouring) will be to everyone’s liking, but I think the idea of making this offbeat food is going to be a hit with them. I know a lot of kids love to make it, even when it doesn’t turn out perfectly.
The key to this dish is just to use green food colouring sparingly. Dye can change the flavour of the dish, yes, and that is a good reason not to overdo it. However, it can also give your food a sickly, dark green colour if you use too much of it.
How to Make Green Eggs and Ham without Food Colouring
To some people, food colouring is disgusting. They don’t like the flavour of it or the look, and I can understand that. You may just be looking for a way to eat healthier but still try some of those classic green eggs and ham.
I have a way for you to do that, but just know upfront that these eggs will be scrambled and not look exactly like the eggs from the children’s book. They will be green, though.
Green Eggs and Ham without Food Coloring
- 2 slices of ham
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups spinach
- Cooking oil
- Mix eggs and spinach into a blender and bend until smooth.
- Add a small amount of cooking oil to a skillet.
- Cook on low heat and add in the egg and spinach mixture.
- Cook for about two minutes and remove from the skillet.
- Warm up ham slices in the skillet for about 30 seconds, still on low heat.
- Add it all to a plate and serve.
This kind of green eggs and ham is really easy to make- easier than the other recipe, and it gives you a different take on the dish. It’s up to you how you want to make it, and you can season yours as well, adding bacon bits to the eggs, some salt and black pepper to taste or making it spicy with the addition of some hot sauce.
I think his dish is best with some other colours in there to complement them. So, I might fill out the meal by having some blueberries or strawberries on the plate as well. A banana or some other colourful fruit is a great addition to the meal, giving it some vibrant colours and making it a more fun dish to look at and eat.
You don’t have to have kids to serve this to in order to have an excuse to make it. Green eggs and ham is something that a lot us are familiar with but never tried.
Now that you know how easy it is to make it and what is involved, it’s time to be a little brave and give it a shot. You might be pleasantly surprised at just how tasty it can be, especially when you season it to your liking.