Green Eggs and Hamwiches


If parents hard-cook the eggs and cut open the avocado, even the youngest chef can make these silly (but tasty) cookie-cutter sandwiches, inspired by Dr. Seuss. An egg slicer, shown in Chapter 3, prevents little hands from needing a knife.

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 sandwiches

Do this first:

  • Hard-cook 2 eggs (see the "Perfect hard-cooked eggs" sidebar, later in this chapter).
  • Cut 1 ripe avocado in half and cut out or scrape out the flesh.

Ingredients and steps:

  • 2 hard-cooked eggs
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 thin slices ham
  • 4 slices bread, preferably whole wheat or multi-grain
  1. Peel the eggs.
  2. Place one egg in the egg slicer and lower the top, slicing through it. (Or, break up the eggs into small pieces with a knife or pastry blender.)
  3. Raise the top and turn the egg on its side. Lower the top, slicing the egg into finer pieces.
  4. Dump the sliced egg into a small mixing bowl.
  5. Repeat Steps 2 through 4 with the other egg.
  6. Add the avocado and mayonnaise to the bowl.
  7. Using a fork, mash the ingredients together into a chunky paste. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
  8. Spread the bread and ham slices out on the cutting board. Cut the centers out with your favorite cookie cutter.
  9. Make the sandwiches by placing a ham cut-out on a bread cut-out, then spread on some egg salad. Top with a bread cut-out.

If the bread is soft enough and the cookie cutter sharp enough, you can assemble the sandwich first and then cut it with the cookie-cutter—some multi-grain breads can be too dense for this.


Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs


To hard-cook eggs, gently place several eggs in a single layer in a saucepan. Cover with enough cold water to come one inch above the eggs. Bring to a boil on high heat. When the water boils, cover the eggs and turn off the heat. Set the timer for 15 minutes. Remove the cover and using a slotted spoon, place the eggs in a colander in the sink and run cold water over them until they're cool to the touch. Peel immediately for best results or chill until ready to use.


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Recipe © 1999 by Kate Heyhoe

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