Tasty Thursday: Egg Nog

I feel like there are certain staples of holding a Christmas party. Someone has to wear an ugly sweater, holiday tunes should be played in the background, fruit cake needs to be included (but let's be honest...no one will eat it) and there HAS to be egg nog served. I actually never used to be a huge egg nog fan, but over the years I have become a fan. Maybe I have a more defined palette....maybe I burned my mouth on coffee too many times and I can't taste anymore. Whatever the explanation, egg nog is now a favorite of mine during this time of year. You can definitely take the easy road and buy a container of egg nog and not have to deal with making it yourself, but come on! This is the time of year to make tasty treats and woo your guests by your amazing culinary skills. Why not try and make it?

According to about.com you will need the following ingredients for a tasty, non-alcoholic, egg nog:

  • 6 large eggs, plus 2 yolks
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

The full recipe is here, and without taking all of their ideas...because that is mean, you need to cook your nog for about an hour over low heat. Make sure the heat is low because you'll end up with scrambled eggs if you don't. Personally, I'm not a big fan of scrambled eggs floating in my nog. Sounds a little repulsive if you ask me. Anyway, after everything is cooked, strain it with some cheese cloth or a fine sieve so none of the mini chunks get through. After that, chill for about four hours and next thing you know, you'll have some rocking egg nog!

So you've had your party, and you still have a little leftover egg nog. Now what? Well, you could always drink it straight up, or you could take the leftover concoction and turn it into something even more tasty. Here are some ideas.

Coffee Creamer

Instead of using milk in the morning, use a little egg nog in your coffee. It's a nice change from the norm. Better yet, if you have a latte maker, use it to make an egg nog latte. Nothing says good morning like a tasty homemade holiday beverage.

French Toast

Considering egg nog is primarily made from eggs (go figure) it makes a great French toast base. If you have to, add a few more eggs to some of your nog and then use it to make amazing French toast.

Cocktail

If you are 21 or over, you could enjoy some leftover egg nog with a little spiced rum. Shake up the two and serve in a martini glass with a little nutmeg on the top as a garnish. It's a nice way to beat the stress of a crazy shopping day!

I'm sure there are many more things you can do with egg nog. Actually if you click here, you'll see even more ideas. Some of them sound amazingly tasty, and I really want to try them out the next time I have some egg nog hanging around. So go forth my fellow Young and Free peoples and see what excitement you can get from making your own egg nog, or creating your own tasty dishes!

Do you like egg nog?

Seth P.