Greens, Eggs, and Ham, Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Trying to think of fun things to make with our Easter ham leftovers, my mind kept playing an ear worm from Dr. Seuss’s homage to picky eaters, Green Eggs and HamI do not like them Sam-I-am. I do not like green eggs and ham. You can’t blame Sam-I-Am’s friend. The forest green ham and eggs in the book don’t look entirely appetizing. But what if we added one letter and a couple commas to the dish? So instead of “green eggs and ham” we have “greens, eggs, and ham”? This is a combination that anyone could love, especially in a grilled cheese sandwich with Gruyere. We just layer slices of ham, a fried egg, some Gruyere cheese, and for greens, baby spinach leaves between two slices of rye bread. Grill them up with a little butter, and presto! Greens, eggs, and ham grilled cheese sandwich.

Say!
I like greens, eggs, and ham!
I do!! I like them, Sam-I-am!
And I would eat them in a boat!
And I would eat them with a goat…
And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good so good you see!

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Greens, Eggs, and Ham, Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Makes one sandwich.

Ingredients

  • Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices rye bread
  • Enough sliced ham to form a 1/4-inch layer to cover a slice of rye bread
  • Small handful of baby spinach (or sliced young chard)
  • A few slices of gruyere cheese

Method

1 Heat a couple teaspoons of butter in a small stick-free pan on medium heat. When the pan is hot and the butter foamy, crack the egg into the pan. Cook the egg until the whites are cooked and it is still somewhat runny in the yolk (or not runny at all if that's what you prefer), and remove the egg from the pan to a plate and set aside.

2 Heat a cast iron pan or griddle on medium high heat. Spread some butter on one side of one slice of rye bread.  Place the slice butter side down on the pan.

3 Add a layer of ham to the bread. Add a layer of spinach to the ham. Place the egg on the spinach.  Top with a layer of cheese and finally the second slice of rye bread.

4 Spread some butter over the top of the top slice of bread. When the bottom slice is nicely toasted, use a metal spatula to carefully flip the sandwich over to the other side. You may need to use your hands to help the flip happen without everything spilling out. If the ingredients do spill out a bit, just gently edge them back in.

5 Press down with a spatula to help get the heat to the cheese. Cook until toasted on this second side. Remove from pan, cut in half, and eat!

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Links:

Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham - the video

Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) - the book

Picky eater in your world? Check out Stephanie Lucianovic's Suffering Succotash: A Picky Eater's Quest to Understand Why We Hate the Foods We Hate

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29 Comments

  1. Cookin Canuck

    Gruyere and ham are a match made in grilled cheese heaven. We still have plenty of ham left over, too. My favorite way to eat it is with a cheese fondue mixture on a grilled cheese sandwich. Beyond fantastic!

  2. Candy C.

    Great looking sandwich and what a cute post!

  3. Monica P

    Ah, sadly I did not make an Easter ham .. so will have to give this a try with deli ham :-)

    Monica

  4. fabiola@notjustbaked

    Rye, cheese, and greens are so good! I think rye and sourdough are my favorite breads to make grilled cheese. It such a good balance against the cheesiness. We are having chipotle tomato soup with grilled cheese tonight for dinner, I will add my greens to it, thanks!

  5. Catherine

    Ooh, how about a bit of mustard? Dijon, maybe mixed with mayo?

    • Elise

      Doesn’t really need either. But if you want it to have more of a bite, you could use arugula instead of spinach.

  6. LaWanda

    One can never go wrong with a grilled cheese sandwich of any kind, and this one too! Thanks for another great recipe, Elise!

  7. Cassie

    Can this be served cold? It would be much better than bologna on a family picnic in the mountains! Also what are some non-messy ways I could spice it up but just a little? Thanks for any advice!!

    • Elise

      With the fried egg I think it would be better hot. If you want a cold sandwich I recommend scrambling the egg first, cook it omelette style so it holds together better. Also obviously you wouldn’t want to grill the sandwich, that wouldn’t be good cold. So just use fresh rye bread slices. As for spicing it up, add some hot sauce to the eggs.

  8. Patrick

    I want to try this dish but, my family ate all of our ham from Easter! I’m on a budget (college student) so I don’t have much to spend on the ham. Would the pre-packaged sandwhich ham work just as well, or are there other cheap alternative brands that would be good?

  9. Michele

    Okay, this looks seriously delicious. Now I’m bummed that I didn’t make ham for Easter.

    • Michele

      Okay, this looks seriously delicious. Now I’m bummed that I didn’t make ham for Easter. BTW totally got the Dr. Seuss reference before I even clicked – well played. I can’t wait to try this sandwich.

  10. Miss Kim @ behgopa

    Hello Elise. I am a fairly new blogger (been around the blogosphere for almost a month now). And I am also new to your site.

    I love this post! What a clever way to transform a childhood story. Green Eggs and Ham was one of the books I read over and over when I was in Kindergarten. And I remember wondering, as an impressionable young mind would, if there really was such a thing as “green eggs”. I still haven’t seen it yet. But “greens, eggs, and ham” is an awesome twist!

    • reen

      Miss Kim: I, too, love the Dr. Seuss reference and it will totally send my kids over the moon when I serve this and call it by name. :)

      As for the green eggs, last night we made “breakfast for dinner” with local farm eggs, and one of those in the carton was a pale turquoise color (as varied non-production chickens lay various-colored eggs). One daughter said “Aaauuugh! That one is rotten!” And I told her no, that one’s to go with the green ham!

      This sandwich looks delectable and I’m definitely making it this week. Thanks again, Elise! So glad I have you on an RSS reader, you’ve saved the day time and time again!

  11. Farmgirl Susan

    YUM. You’ve managed to combine so many of my favorite things. I’ve been baking a lot of rye bread lately and we’ve also been on a grilled cheese sandwich kick (easy comfort food!), so this is right up our alley. And since our hens are laying a dozen eggs a day, I’m always looking for ways to add eggs to everything. Love the idea of slipping a fried egg (or two or three) in there. Thanks for the delicious inspiration, Elise!

  12. yoko

    yum~ ham+sunny-side-up egg + robust cheese are my favorite toppings for a buckwheat galette (savory crepe). Sprinkle with arugula and some crushed red peppercorns, enjoyed with a nice hot latte..

  13. Celeste

    Fires the imagination for other sandwich possibilities. And we hear from area goat cheese purveyor April is “Grilled Cheese Month”!

    Btw, we made your pork and poblano stew recently on a quite chilly day. Lovely.

  14. AteGood

    och, we love it! :)

  15. Jonathan

    Sounds really good. If you wanted actual green eggs instead of greens and eggs, you could blend up the spinach into the eggs. Of course, you would have to do scrambled or something instead of a fried egg in that case.

    My favorite version of green eggs is to beat together an egg with avocado. Because avocados are similar to eggs in terms of protein and fat content, they work together well. It’s a good way to use an avocado that’s a little past it’s prime, when it starts getting stringy, or not quite ripe and still a little hard, without just making guacamole. I usually use a 4/1 ratio, so 4 eggs to 1 avocado for omelets, or for something like this, 1 egg to 1/4 avocado, and maybe thin it out with a little milk if it’s too thick.

  16. Kayleigh

    Hey everyone! Has anybody tried this sandwich with any other types of meat? Like turkey, maybe? I’d like some input.. I’m not a huge fan of ham because I only eat lighter colored meat!

    • Anna H.

      I made this sandwich as soon as I saw the recipe and am eating it now. I don’t have ham on hand, but I did have some hot-smoked salmon. It works, but ham would have been better in my book. I think the strong smokey flavor is key. Try turkey + smoked paprika, maybe?

    • Ginny

      I used cooked bacon slices leftover from breakfast. It was good!

  17. Jessica l Food Wine Fashion

    It’s so funny, as soon as I saw the title to your post I started chanting in my head ‘I do like green eggs and ham! I do I do, Sam I am.’ Love the recipe idea and love the post even more!

  18. Tempy

    This sounds delicious! I would probably add a bit of diced or minced spicy chillies for kick, since my house is filled with fire lovers. The recipe is a beauty all on its own, though!

  19. Edith

    Wonderful recipe. Wonderful nod to Dr. Seuss. Will add this tasty sammie to the rotation.

  20. anna @ annamayeveryday

    This looks perfect. I would be delighted to eat this anytime and will certainly get some ham this weekend to give it a go.

  21. Stephen

    I saw the title for this recipe, and thanks to the wonder of Seuss as I was growing up, read the first part as “green eggs and ham”

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