When I was at this summer’s School Nutrition Association’s Annual National Conference I frequently encountered green eggs and ham. Not physically you understand, but in anecdotes shared by attendees about how much their kids like them.
I got it. Just like Sam I Am, I wouldn’t have chosen my eggs to be of the green variety before reading the Dr. Seuss book to my kids, but now a smile comes to my face when I think of them. Beyond the fun food there’s an extra layer of comfort to the dish just because of the beloved author and his humor. So not only do kids think they’re fun to eat, so do their parents.
A quick survey of the types of green eggs available on menus shows the following:
- Huckleberry Bakery & Café (Santa Monica) says it sells
tonsof Green Eggs & Ham, which is made with house-made English muffins topped with arugula, pesto, prosciutto and egg.
- Asador (Dallas) has celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a brunch made of fanciful Seussian names, including, of course, Green Eggs and Ham Benedict with avocado hollandaise sauce.
- Saus (Boston) has a Green Eggs (& Ham) on its snack menu, served in a box (but without a fox). The item is unique in its medley of Brussels sprouts tossed in a parsley vinaigrette, topped with a deep-fried egg, slices of pork belly and Bacon Parmesan.
- Werkstatt (Brooklyn) makes a Green Eggs & Ham made of Viennese creamed spinach with rösti potatoes & fried eggs with ham. No connection to Seuss but the name, as it’s a favorite dish the chef grew up eating in his native Austria.
- Peach & Green (Chicago) offers a kale, spinach and Cheddar egg scramble topped with a side of sliced avocado and ham. The chef says the Green Eggs & Ham name has certainly aided its popularity
Surprisingly, you won’t find green eggs on the menu at the Green Eggs Cafés in Philadelphia and Miami. But that’s okay, they serve plenty of other great egg dishes. And counter to Dr. Seuss’ book, eggs don’t have to be green to be terrific!