Green Eggs and Ham with Ital-Tots and Garlic-Cheesy Toast

Total Time:
35 min
15 min
20 min

4 servings

  • 1 sack frozen tater tots, any brand
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • Green Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach or arugula, 2 handfuls of leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, about 10 to 12 leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts (pignoli), a palmful
  • 1 small clove garlic, cracked from skin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 rounded spoonfuls grated Parmigiano or Romano
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, eyeball it
  • Eggs and Ham:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 pound breakfast ham, chopped
  • 8 large eggs
  • A splash half-and-half or milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • Open tots and pour 4 portions onto a nonstick cookie sheet. Sprinkle the tots with salt and dried seasonings and toss them around a bit to get the herbs to stick to the tots – as the frost starts to melt the flavorings will set into place. Bake the tots until crisp, about 12 minutes.

  • Combine ingredients for green sauce in food processor and process until sauce forms; you are making a pesto sauce for the eggs. Set pesto aside and reserve.

  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil and butter to pan, then add the chopped ham and cook to lightly brown at edges, 3 minutes or so.

  • Remove the tots from the oven and switch the broiler on to toast your bread.

  • Beat eggs and splash of half-and-half or milk with salt and pepper. Add eggs to the ham in the skillet and scramble them up with the ham to desired doneness and remove from heat.

  • Toast bread under hot broiler, 30 seconds on each side. Rub with cracked garlic then spread with butter and top with a sprinkle of Parmesan, the diced mozzarella and ground black pepper.

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, heat the tomato sauce, oregano, crushed red pepper, and the garlic clove from the toast. Cover with plastic wrap and heat for 2 minutes. Serve as dipping sauce for the tots.

  • Stir the pesto into the ham and eggs, making them "green", and serve with garlic-cheese toast on the side.

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