I’d like to think that I survived two East Coast winters because of my introduction to the Tom & Jerry. Although this drink is popular in the Midwest, I love it so much that I still crave it during mild California winters. For those not familiar with this seasonal hot milk punch, it’s a creamy spiced batter swirled with Cognac, rum, and hot milk. Basically, a Tom & Jerry tastes like a fluffy, sweet, boozy cloud that you’d want to take a nap in. And if you can make meringue or whipped cream, you too can enjoy this delicious winter cocktail!
I’m on the record as saying Thanksgiving leftover recipes are a bit silly. Most Thanksgiving leftovers are perfectly good reheated. I don’t need too many ways to eat leftover stuffing, for instance; straight out of the dish is generally quite good enough (although pan-frying as a reheating method is pretty sublime).
But there are a few opportunities to not just use up leftovers, but to make something wholly new and delicious out of them. Mashed potatoes often aren’t as good reheated as they were fresh, so here’s what I made: crispy, creamy, cheesy mashed potato puffs.