So about a week ago, I was reading a entry about oatmeal.
The gyst of the question was: What’s your fave way to eat it and gimme some savoury options for my oatmeal!
I threw in an idea or two and thought not much about it since.
Well roll forward to today. It’s snowing. AGAIN. WTF man, seriously.
For breakfast this morning, I had a large-ish salad with a couple slices of balogne, a little cheddar cheese and for the most part a scoop of cottage cheese lightly flavoured with the smallest drizzle of ranch with a bunch of grape tomatoes. Awesome.
For lunch, I couldn’t decide what to make. I couldn’t decide if I should eat the last of the leftover rice noodles in the fridge or make a pot of ichiban. Did I mention that it’s snowing? Poking around the pantry, there’s a bunch of stuff in there that I really would like to make, but I have no tried and true recipes for. What does one do with kasha, bulgar wheat & quinoa? Other than cold salads that is, which seem to be popular.
Anyhow, I had eventually decided on a pot of ichiban because I was hungry and wanted food fast. But as I was standing at the stove staring at the little pot waiting for the water to boil, I took one more look inside the pantry and my brain settled on the blue cardboard cannister wedged in the corner: Steel Cut Oats. By the time my brain registered the oatmeal, the water was boiled. I looked at the brick of noodles then threw them back into the pantry and dragged out the oatmeal.
I made a pot of steel cut oatmeal for lunch.
But get this! I didn’t eat oatmeal in my usual fashion of sprinkled with brown sugar and drowned in milk (though I’ve found a preference for evaporated milk on oatmeal. It is rather tasty). Oh noes, I did not. I did something far more bizarre, in my mind, than usual:
* Make your oatmeal as per usual — in this case it’s 4 cups of water to 1 cup of oatmeal for four servings.
* In your empty bowl, drop 1 Tbsp of butter.
* Pour your screaming hot’n’angry looking bubbly oatmeal overtop. Stir until melted.
* Sprinkle (or cover, in my case) the oatmeal with parmesan cheese and add salt & pepper to taste.
* Stir until well combined, adding more cheese if necessary.
It was really good! And satisfying to boot! This may not be the most earth shattering revelation for a recipe, but I was mightily impressed. The whole combination of butter, salt, pepper & cheese just made oatmeal a completely different and enjoyable beast. I guess I would liken it to a nutty risotto with extra fibre.
Or as Fuzzy said, “Lots of fiber and some lube to let it glide through you faster.”
I’m thinking that some garlicky shrimp would be absolutely amazing with the oatmeal.
Try it, you might like it.
Now I have 3 meals of oatmeal remaining to experiment with.
What’d you discover, Ronin001? ^_^