I loved the taste of eggnog before I knew it was supposed to have liquor in it. Now that I know, the low fat recipe below is an attempt at balancing out the added calories of alcohol:
Prep Time: 20 min
Yield: 6 servings
2 cups nonfat milk
2 large strips orange and/or lemon zest (the “Zest” is the very thin outer colored part of the peel—it can be collected with a grater, vegetable peeler or a knife. Make sure to wash the orange or lemon first and don’t get an of the deeper white part of the peel because that gives a bitter taste.)
1 vanilla bean
2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
White rum or bourbon (optional)
Freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon stick for garnish
Combine 1 1/2 cups milk and the citrus zest in a medium saucepan. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds; add the seeds and pod to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. For those of you like myself, I’ll save you the Google. The “Pod” is the shell of the bean and the “seeds” are the inside.
If you can’t get your hands on a true vanilla bean, you can use 2 teaspoons of PURE vanilla extract instead.
1 (1 inch) vanilla bean = 1 tsp vanilla extract
Meanwhile, whisk the eggs, egg yolk, sugar and cornstarch in a medium bowl until light yellow.
Gradually pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly, then pour back into the pan. Place over medium heat and stir constantly with a wooden spoon in a figure-eight motion until the eggnog begins to thicken, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the remaining 1/2 cup milk to stop the cooking. Transfer the eggnog to a large bowl and place over a larger bowl of ice to cool, then chill until ready to serve.
Remove the zest and vanilla pod. Spike the eggnog with liquor, if desired, and garnish with nutmeg and/or cinnamon stick.
Per serving (1/2 cup): Calories 90; Fat 2 g (Saturated 1 g); Cholesterol 96 mg; Sodium 59 mg; Carbohydrate 13 g; Fiber 0 g; Protein 5 g
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine
Happy Christmas Eve!