2 cups nonfat milk
2 large strips orange and/or lemon zest
2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk
1/3 cup sugar
1 vanilla bean
1 teaspoon cornstarch
White rum or bourbon (optional)
Freshly grated nutmeg
Directions: Combine 1 ½ 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. 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 ½ cup milk to stop the cooking. Transfer the eggnog to a large bowl and place over a larger bowl of ice to cool, the chill until ready to serve.
Remove the zest and vanilla pod. Add liquor, if desired, and garnish with nutmeg.
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
Prep: 20 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Recipe from Dean Health Holiday Holdout