Christmas Egg Nog Trifle

Ingredients:

1 box of yellow cake mix, I use Duncan Hines

2 8 ounce dairy topping, like Cool Whip, thawed

2 cans of whole berry cranberry sauce

2 Tablespoons hot water

1 bag of Bits of Brittle Toffee Bits

1 box of instant vanilla pudding

1/2 gallon of egg nog

Christmas sprinkles, optional

Gingerbread man cookie, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make cake according to package directions. Instead of adding water, use one cup of egg nog instead. Bake in a 13 x 9 pan for 23-28 minutes and cool.

Prepare pudding according to package directions. Instead of using milk, use egg nog instead. Beat egg nog and pudding together on high speed for about four minutes. Put in refrigerator to set. That should only take about 5 minutes but you can do this the day before.

Open a can of whole cranberry sauce. Put in a bowl and add 1 Tablespoon of hot water. Stir and this will become smooth and easier to spread. I just opened one can at a time. Easier for me to keep the cranberry layer even.

Cut up cake into pieces and make that the first layer of the trifle. Use the pudding for the next layer. Spread a layer of whip topping on top of the pudding. Add a layer of cranberry sauce. You will use the entire can for each layer. Next sprinkle on the toffee bits and repeat the layers. For the last layer I added a layer of whip topping on top of the cranberry sauce and covered the whip topping with toffee bits. I used a 1M tip to decorate the top of my trifle. Added sprinkles and a Pepperidge Farm gingerbread man cookie. This can be made a day ahead. Keep refrigerated until read to serve. Enjoy!

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Monte Cranberry Cristo Sandwich


I love Monte Cristo Sandwiches. I sure don’t see them sold at restaurants anymore. This holiday season, I had turkey, cranberry sauce and ham leftover.  So here is my version using up delicious leftovers. If you do not have items used in this recipe leftover, they are available to purchase all year. You can go to the deli and just buy ham or turkey slices, not a pound of this or that. Cranberry sauce is sold all year.  If you are not a fan of cranberry, you may substitute your favorite jam/jelly. 


Ingredients:

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup heavy cream

2 slices of your favorite bread, I used my favorite, sourdough, two days old 

2 slices of Swiss Cheese, or more if desired

1 generous slice of turkey

1 generous slice of ham

Powdered sugar, optional 


Cranberry Sauce:

2 Tablespoons of leftover cranberry sauce

1/2 teaspoon vinegar, I used white distilled but use whatever you have on hand

A pinch or more of red pepper flakes, if you want spicy cranberry sauce, optional
Mix together in a separate bowl and set aside. 


Prepare pan with spray or butter. In a bowl, whisk together egg and heavy cream. Set aside. To assemble sandwich, spread cranberry sauce on the inside of the bread. Place a slice of Swiss Cheese on top of the cranberry sauce. Next put on turkey and ham slices and cover with the other bread slice. Dip entire sandwich in the egg mixture covering all side of bread on both sides. Place in pan and brown on both sides. Cut in half and sprinkle powdered sugar on top if desired. Enjoy!