While my family and I usually drink eggnog in its purest form—spiked with bourbon—there’s nothing wrong with getting a little creative with this festive refreshment. Here, five things to do with eggnog that don’t involve drinking it:
1. Bake it into a pie: Par-bake a 9-inch pie crust (homemade or store bought) and let it cool. In a medium bowl, whisk 3 large eggs with ¾ cup sugar until blended. Then, add in 1 ½ cups eggnog, 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract and ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg; whisk until combined. Pour mixture into the pie crust and bake in a 350° oven until puffed and still slightly jiggling in the middle, about 1 hour. Cool completely before serving and top with freshly grated nutmeg.
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2. Whip it: In a large bowl, using a whisk or handheld mixer, beat 1 cup heavy cream with ½ cup eggnog, 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar and ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg until medium-stiff peaks form. Serve a dollop on coffee or cake or use it as a layer in a trifle… the options are endless.