Today we celebrate the 107th birthday of Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel! Of course, what better way to celebrate The Cat in the Hat wordsmith than with a delectable meal of green eggs and ham? Entertain the kiddos with a few Dr. Seuss coloring pages while you conjure up a feast fit for the Lorax himself!
The best part? This recipe uses fresh herbs in place of green food coloring! Complete with parsley and tarragon, this dish will leave you wishing Dr. Suess' birthday came around more often! Now, say it with me:
I like green eggs and ham! I do! Sam-I-Am, I do!
... And I would eat them on a boat, I would eat them with a goat!
What you'll need:
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
- 1/3 cup diced half sour pickles with 2 tablespoons juice
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (and extra for frying)
- 2 tablespoons minced chives
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons minced tarragon
- Salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 cups instant flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 ham steak (approximately 1 pound), sliced into 4 pieces
- 2 tablespoons capers
Directions: 1. Place two eggs into a large saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the water to a boil, and cook for an additional 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the eggs, and cool them in a bowl of ice water.
2. After the eggs are cool, peel them and separate the whites. Chop the whites, and mash the yolks in a separate bowl. Whisk two tablespoons of warm water with the yolks, mustard, and pickling liquid. Then, slowly whisk in the olive oil and add the chives, two tablespoons of parsley, tarragon, pickles, egg whites, and salt and pepper to taste.
3. In a shallow dish, combine the remaining parsley, flour, and a dash of pepper. In a separate dish, combine the remaining egg and milk. Dip the individual pieces of ham in the flour and coat both sides. Then, dip the ham into the milk mixture and, finally, re-dip in the flour.
4. In a large skillet, heat olive oil until sizzling. Fry the ham for about 4 minutes per side, or until browned. Remove the steaks when done, and fry the capers in the remaining oil for about 1 minute.
5. To plate the dish, top the ham steaks with the fried capers. Serve the egg mixture on the side and enjoy!
Are you celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday today?
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