Galatoire's Eggnog

The holidays just wouldn't be the same without a thick, rich, and creamy eggnog, which most people in south Louisiana adore. This one seems to have all the right ingredients.

5  large eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons {sugar}
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon grated {nutmeg}, plus more for garnish
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ounces bourbon
3 ounces brandy
3  large egg whites
In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Stir in the half-and-half. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon with a thin film and reaches at least 160 degrees F. Remove from heat.

Stir in the cream, nutmeg, vanilla, bourbon and brandy. Cool, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Just before serving, beat the egg whites in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold them into the eggnog. Serve cold in punch cups and sprinkle each serving with nutmeg.

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 15-20 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Servings: 10

Recipe By: Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker

From:  Cooking Up a Storm
Used with permission of Chronicle