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I remember reading Dr. Seuss’ series of books with my mom as a child (as probably most of you do too). Today I still read those same books to my children. There is something about Dr. Seuss’ repetitive rhyming style that is catchy and attractive to young children. If you can believe it, it’s been 50 years since the author wrote Green Eggs and Ham.
Green Eggs and Ham is a cute little book with the simplest of story lines. You know the story…Sam I Am is determined to convince another fictional Seussian character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham. What’s amazing to me is that Dr. Seuss used only fifty words in the entire book. The goal, which I think he achieved well, was to get children to enjoy reading. His imaginative characters and silly little rhymes get my son giggling and even repeating phrases from the book.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the book, Random House released a special foil-covered party edition which retails for just $8.99. You can also celebrate at home with some recipes inspired by the book. Celebrity chefs Michael Symon and Melissa d’Arabian, Mitzi Dulan, RD, CSSD and Steamy Kitchen blogger Jaden Hair have created book-inspired recipes with a 21st century twist. Here is a quick summary of the recipes from the site (surprisingly, no food color was used in the creation of these recipes):
Ham and Green Egg Mini Tartlets, courtesy of Melissa d’Arabian: These surprisingly easy-to-make ham and egg spinach tartlets, with bread instead of pie crust, can be made ahead of time for an on-the-go meal.
Ham and Green Egg Sushi, courtesy of Jaden Hair: This recipe turns the traditional ham and spinach omelet into a sushi roll – a great way to teach kids about different cooking techniques and cuisines.
My favorite? Green Eggs & Ham Sushi
2 cups short-grain sushi rice
2 cups water, plus 2 tablespoons
1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar
Sushi Spinach-Egg Filling:
1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cooking oil
4 7 1/2×9-inch sheet roasted seaweed, (sushi nori)
Bamboo sushi mat, completely wrapped with plastic wrap on both sides
6 to 8 thin slices fully cooked smoked ham, OR honey ham
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To make sushi rice, place rice in fine-mesh colander and rinse well to remove excess starch; drain. Transfer to a 2 1/2- to 3-quart heavy saucepan. Add water. Cover with tight fitting lid and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low or medium-low. Very gently simmer, covered, about 20 minutes or until water is absorbed. Remove from heat. Let stand, covered, for 15 minutes.
Transfer rice to a large baking dish or bowl. Slightly cool. Sprinkle with rice vinegar; toss until combined. Cool to room temperature. Cover with damp towel to prevent rice from drying out.
Meanwhile, for spinach-egg filling, squeeze excess moisture from spinach. Finely chop spinach. Combine spinach, eggs, and salt in small bowl. Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat. Add spinach-egg mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through but still glossy. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature.
To assemble sushi rolls: For each roll, place seaweed sheet, shiny side down, on bamboo matt. Using wet hands, spread a scant 1 1/4 cups sushi rice evenly on seaweed sheet to within 3/4 inch of edge nearest you and opposite side. Place 1 1/2 or 2 slices of ham across the center of the rice. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of spinach-egg mixture in a strip across the ham.
Use bamboo matt to lift and tightly roll sushi, jelly-roll style. Shape roll by lightly pressing roll together with damp hands. If desired, tightly wrap sushi rolls in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. To serve, using a wet knife, slice each roll into 6 to 8 pieces.
Win It! One of you will win your very own Green Eggs and Ham-inspired gift set which will include the following:
- Green Eggs and Ham 50th Anniversary Edition
- One set of adult sized Green Eggs and Ham apron/chef hat
- One set of kid sized Green Eggs and Ham apron/chef hat
- One $25 gift certificate to Ham I Am
- One extendable fork
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