How to Make Green Eggs and Ham

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Green Eggs and Ham

If you, like Sam-I-am, also like green eggs and ham, you will like these green guacamole eggs and green glazed ham -- just try them. You can make the guacamole as mild or as spicy as you like. (If you don't want to cook a whole ham, try making a tablespoon or two of the glaze for a slice of ham.) You can eat them here or there. You can eat them anywhere.

Ingredients:

1 fully cooked and smoked ham, about 8 to 10 pounds

1 cup apple or mint apple jelly

3 medium tomatillos, husked and minced

1 cup minced cilantro leaves or ½ cup minced cilantro leaves and ½ cup minced

Parsley leaves

4 ripe avocados

Juice of 2 to 3 limes

1 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons white onion, minced (optional)

2 serrano chilies, seeded and minced (optional)

4 ounces butter or 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or other light cooking oil, such as canola or sunflower

12 pasteurized eggs

Directions for Ham:

1. Heat the ham as directed by the package instructions. Let cool to almost room temperature, about 20 minutes.

2. Mix the apple jelly and the minced tomatillos together to make glaze. Spread the ham all over with the glaze, except on the cut side.

3. Using your hands, gently pat the cilantro, or cilantro and parsley, into the glaze until it is solid green.

Directions for Eggs:

1. Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits. With a spoon, scoop the flesh out into a bowl. Mash it with a fork, then add the lime juice and salt and, if you want, the onions and chilies. Mix again.

2. In a large frying pan, melt the butter or heat the oil over medium heat. When hot, crack the eggs into the pan.

3. Cover the pan and cook until the yolk has a pale white film over it and is slightly to very firm.

4.With a spatula, gently slide the eggs onto plates or a serving platter.

5. Spoon the guacamole over each yolk, covering it.

Serve immediately.

MAKES 12 SERVINGS

Daisy-Head Mayzie Burgers

Make these big, juicy hamburgers the Daisy-Head way-that is, with a gingerbread-daisy dessert stuck right on top. You can make the cookies a day ahead if you want.

Ingredients for Hamburgers:

12 lean ground-beef patties

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

6 sesame hamburger buns plus 6 more bun bottoms

Mayonnaise (optional)

Mustard (optional)

Ketchup (optional)

Relish (optional)

24 slices of American or Swiss cheese

12 large lettuce leaves

2 large tomatoes, sliced (optional)

1 large onion, thinly sliced (optional)

Sliced sweet or dill pickles (optional)

Directions for Hamburgers:

1. Sprinkle each patty with a little of the salt and pepper.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3. Put the buns on a baking sheet cut side down, and heat until warm, about 10 minutes. Remove and set aside.

4. Preheat broiler.

5. Put the patties on a broiler pan and set about 4 inches from the heat source. Broil until brown, about 4 minutes. Turn and broil the other side until brown, about 4 minutes.

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