Perfect Morning Oatmeal
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- Bring water and milk to simmer in large saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, heat butter in medium skillet over medium heat until just beginning to foam; add oats and toast, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until golden and fragrant with butterscotch-like aroma, 1 ½ to 2 minutes.
- Stir toasted oats into the simmering liquid, reduce heat to medium-low; simmer gently, until mixture thickens and resembles gravy, about 20 minutes.
- Add salt and stir lightly with spoon handle. Continue simmering, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon handle, until oats absorb almost all liquid and oatmeal is thick and creamy, with a pudding-like consistency, about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Off heat, let oatmeal stand uncovered 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
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I got this recipe from the source, years ago, but needed to look it up to remind me of the quantities. I think the toasting of the oats takes longer than 2 minutes-- you want them well toasted. Took closer to five minutes, and that was on high heat in a large cast iron frying pan. I wonder if shifting to all milk would change the outcome much? Probably have to stir more to avoid scorching on the bottom of the saucepan. The times were, for me, just about right: 21 minutes til I needed to start stirring, and total in-pot time 30 minutes and some seconds. This makes enough for two people, but not really more unless they're small or children or not very hungry. I usually eat 2/3 of one batch, and save the rest for a smaller bowl the next day. A great winter/weekend way to start the day. Note that most of that first 20 minutes doesn't require constant attention-- just check in every few minutes.
I have made steel cut oats several times and always found them to be a bit lacking in taste (although I love the texture). This method sure makes up for that! Love the toasty flavor. I halved the recipe for one large serving. Served with a dab of butter and honey. Thanks, Kate. Made for Spring 2011 PAC.
Who knew that toasting steel cut oats could make such a difference? This oatmeal was delicious, in fact my son has already asked me to make it again. Takes a little extra time to prepare, but it's worth it. I eat mine with some soymilk and a little honey. My son adds dried cranberries and brown sugar. No one else in out family eats oatmeal, so we were the lucky ones who had oatmeal waiting in the fridge to heat up for breakfast the next day. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
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