5 Uses for Leftover Eggnog

December 17, 2013 – Hi everyone, Ali here today!  I am a food blogger over at Gimme Some Oven and I also happen to be a mega fan of ALDI.  Yes, I am one of those shoppers who the cashiers know my name.  So I’m stoked to be sharing with you all about a new “find” that I recently discovered at my local ALDI — eggnog!

Somehow over the past few years, I have missed that my favorite store carried one of my favorite holiday drinks.  But I just picked up my first carton and am guessing that many more will find their way into my shopping cart over the next few months.  That classic creamy, rich drink is a total comfort food for me. Perfect for holiday gatherings, cozy evenings by the fire, or just a delicious treat anytime.

But just in case any of you are like me and find yourself with a little (ahem) surplus eggnog throughout the season, I am excited to share with you five of my favorite recipes for leftover eggnog.  It’s true — you can drink your eggnog, and eat it too!  Eggnog is a fantastic substitute for milk or water in so many classic recipes such as hot chocolate, crème brûlée, pudding, cake, and even French toast.

So be sure to pick up a carton the next time you are at ALDI and give some of these recipes a try.  I promise they will make your holidays “egg-stra” merry and bright.

Eggnog Hot Chocolate
When making hot chocolate from scratch or from a mix, substitute eggnog for the liquid (typically milk or water) in the directions to make eggnog hot chocolate.

Eggnog Crème Brûlée
Eggnog is a rock star in homemade crème brûlée!  So grab your eggnog, a little torch (or your broiler), and follow this recipe for a tasty treat you will love.

Eggnog Pudding
When making pudding using a box mix, substitute eggnog for the liquid (typically milk) in the directions to make eggnog pudding.  Just about any flavor — chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, etc. — will work!

Eggnog Cake
When baking a cake using a box mix, substitute eggnog for the liquid (typically water) in the directions to make an eggnog cake.  Just about any flavor — chocolate, white, yellow, red velvet, spice, etc. — will work!

Eggnog French Toast
When making French toast, substitute eggnog for milk to make eggnog French toast.  The thick, creamy eggnog will definitely kick this classic breakfast favorite up a notch! Here’s the recipe:

Eggnog French Toast Eggnog French Toast Recipe

1 cup eggnog
2 eggs
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp. butter
8 slices thickly-sliced bread
Optional toppings: powdered sugar, maple syrup

In a medium bowl, whisk eggnog, egg, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt together until smooth.  Set aside.

Heat butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat until melted.  Meanwhile, dip a slice of bread in the eggnog mixture so that it is coated on both sides.  Tap on the side of the bowl to shake off the excess.

Place bread in the sauté pan and cook on medium-high on each side for 3 minutes, or until browned and toasted.  Remove and repeat with remaining slices of bread until they are all toasted.

Serve French toast warm, dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with maple syrup if desired.

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