12/20/07

Egg Nog for those who Hate Egg Nog (like me)

I didn't grow up drinking egg nog. I don't remember my mother ever buying or making it, so when my husband started to insist we add egg nog to our Christmas Eve festivities I was hesitant. All I could think of was that I was going to drink raw eggs? I don't think so!

But to appease him I bought some store bought egg nog and served it one year. He loved it. I did not. I don't like the taste of nutmeg and I couldn't get the thought of the eggs out of my mind. In reality I knew the drink was pasteurized but I really didn't care for the flavor and neither did the kids. While my husband was determined to have egg nog during the holidays, I was determined to find an acceptable way to 'doctor it up' a bit. Thus... this recipe was born and now, my husband won't drink any egg nog but mine.

Here is the most important thing about this recipe... play with it. Add, delete, make it yours. Don't follow it precisely! Make it your own. Enjoy!


Eggnog for those who hate Eggnog

4 c milk
1 package instant sugar free vanilla pudding
1 carton of prepared eggnog
1/2 c amaretto liqueur
1/4 t salt
1/4 t ground nutmeg
1 t almond extract

In a bowl mix the pudding with 2 cups of the milk. Stir until thickened and smooth. Add the remaining 2 cups milk, the eggnog, almond extract, salt and nutmeg. Stir until it's blended. Refrigerate until needed.


*notes*
You can use vanilla instead of almond
You can leave out the salt and nutmeg altogether
You can use full sugar pudding if you prefer
Leave out the amaretto to make it completely alcohol free
Add more milk if it's too thick
Use 1 cup of egg substitute like Egg Beaters in place of the eggnog if you would like


See? Have fun! And yum...
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