Eggnog is a holiday drink as it is prevalent during the holidays. This drink is made with eggs, milk, sugar, brandy, and other additional spices. Eggnog was first mentioned in 1381 in a British cookbook, and became very popular in the United States in the 18th century.
Even President George Washington came up with his own special eggnog recipe. In modern times, eggnog is most likely associated with the Christmas holiday as it is used to celebrate, but you can also drink it any time of the year.
This article is all about what to serve with eggnog and the good thing is that there many side dishes that goes with eggnog, including gingerbread cookies, cream biscuits, muffins, chocolate bread pudding, ham and cheese stuffed mushrooms, sweet potato casserole, and mini cheese balls.
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What to Serve With Eggnog
The rich and creamy texture of the eggnog is something that your family would crave forever, and what is even better than drinking your eggnog alone is drinking it with accompaniments.
1. Ham and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
If you are craving an easy-to-make and tasty side dish, you should not look further than the ham and cheese mushrooms got you.
These are considered perfect for parties, children’s parties and Christmas parties, and get-togethers because they can be made way ahead of time. All you will need for this easy recipe is chopped ham, cheese, and a few other seasonings.
Mix all the ingredients, stuff them all in clean mushrooms caps, and then bake until they are golden brown and the cheese must have melted. Ensure that you make many of them, as they are most likely to get finished fast.
2. Gingerbread Cookies
Gingerbread cookies are one of the must-haves in the holiday period. These sweet, hot, and spicy cookies can work very well in warming up your guests during the winter seasons.
To make these cookies, all you need to do is roll the dough in ball shapes, place them on baking sheets, and refrigerate until you are ready to bake them. They can stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Be sure to frost them with some icing at the top, and you can add some sweet accompaniments like your candy canes as the top to give them that extra Christmas holiday cheers.
3. Cream Biscuits
These biscuits should not be left out as an accompaniment as it is fluffy, sweet, and delicious, and who would not want a soft biscuit while they have their eggnog? You are right, no one!
Then you should put all your dry ingredients in your bowl and add your butter to make this dish. After your butter has been added, you can now mix them all with your mixer until they start to look like coarse crumbs.
Stir in your milk and cream to make your dough in another bowl. You should roll out your dough, cut it in circles using your biscuit cutter, bake until they attain a golden-brown color, and cook for about 12-15 minutes at 425-degree Fahrenheit.
You can drizzle some gravy on your biscuits as they are eaten warm with eggnog.
It is said that muffins are a great day to start your day, and I could not have agreed more! Muffins are easy to make, making them perfect for on-the-go snacks.
You can also make them with any flour, including gluten-free ones, making them a perfect side dish for vegetarians.
If you are looking for a bit more festive muffin to serve during the festive period, you should try the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and pie spice. Do not forget to add a dollop of creamy cheese frosting, as it is what gives it that extra deliciousness.
5. Chocolate Bread Pudding
Chocolate pudding can also be considered a perfect dish to eat with your eggnog drink. This bread is loaded with many chocolates, and you might not want to stop after getting a bite.
Chocolate bread pudding is also a great way of reusing leftover bread. To make this fantastic dish, all you will need is to get your slices of bread and, in another bowl, mix your eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla extract, and butter in a separate bowl.
Cut your bread into cubes, drizzle the mixture over it, and bake until the pudding is golden brown. It can be served that way with your eggnog, but it is much more preferable to do it with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, and you can also add a sprinkle of cinnamon if you wish to.
You should ensure that you serve this dish while it is still warm for maximum satisfaction.
6. Sweet Potato Casserole
This dish especially is a thanksgiving favourite. It is made with roasted sweet potatoes, butter, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It makes a perfect side dish for any holiday meal, and your guests will love it.
You should make this casserole ahead of time to have enough time to cool off, as it can be a bit frustrating when it is too hot. The most amazing part about this casserole is that it can be refrigerated for about three days and frozen for two months if properly stored.
After getting it out from the fridge and you want to bake it, leave it to cool off a bit on the counter before baking it until the top gets golden brown.
7. Mini Cheese Balls
These cheese balls are very friendly to go with eggnog and are very convenient as they are easy to make and are great party appetizers.
You can make these cheese balls with any cheese of your choice, but I recommend using the finest cheese you can find, like cheddar or blue cheese.
If you want a hit of extra flavour, you can always mix in a bit of herb and spices like the parsley, chives, and garlic powder for a different taste.
These cheese balls can be best served with dipping sauce and can be filled with a mixture of sour cream and green onions to give it that full spicy taste.
What Is the Best Way to Drink Eggnog?
Eggnog is better when garnished. You can decorate it with a bit of nutmeg and grate a slight orange peel over to the top of the nutmeg to give it that pleasant sensation.
Should Eggnog Be Served Over Ice?
Yes, no eggnog tastes better than the freshly made ones served over ice cubes with a spice of nutmeg.