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Friday, January 19, 2007
  Steel Cut Oats

There is nothing quite like a warm bowl of oatmeal on a winter morning. If you haven't had one in awhile I encourage you to go do it. It's good for you, so why not? I like oatmeal in every form but lately we have been eating steel cut oats. I make them overnight in the crockpot and we come down to a hot breakfast that is all ready.

Here is the Formula:
Grease the sides of the crockpot just lightly to prevent sticking with butter.
2 cups of steel cuts and 8 cups of water.
Cook on low overnight about 8 or 9 hours.

My favorite way to eat it is with a really ripe banana mashed in it and a little milk.
Lily likes it with maple syrup and vanilla soy milk and cinnamon. She calls it porridge and pretends she is Goldilocks.

This makes a ton so we put the leftovers in the fridge and zap it the next morning. 1 minute then mash with a fork, add milk and zap some more. Works great. It gets gelled-like in the fridge so I was kinda wondering about pan frying it like polenta but have never tried it.

If you don't have a crock pot- don't fret! You can still make it quickly with the overnight method! I have tried it and it works great too.

Method: Boil 4 cups of water in a pot. Turn off heat and add one cup of oatmeal. Cover pot and leave overnight. The next morning cook the oatmeal on low for 9-12 minutes. Stir occasionally.

This basically cuts the morning cooking time in half.
Aaaah! There's a face in the oatmeal! A face in the oatmeal!
i also am a big fan of the steel cut oats. i reccomend putting slices of apples in while it's cooking. by the time it's done it'll be like having warm apple pie thrown in there.
chollow- i do believe you first introduced me to steel cut oats on a ski weekend. a breakfast of steel cut oats and guiness beer.
I have a can of steel cut oats in the cupboard, which we accidentally purchased without realizing that they weren't rolled. I'll have to give your recipe a try and see whether it's really good enough to warrant the increased electric bill.
ah yes, i remember that breakfast. it was guiness with the oatmeal, not on the oatmeal, right? i forget where i read about that meal. surely in some novel where the main character went on to plunge into alcoholic despair. i think it's also been proven that oatmeal + guiness is good for fertility.
Walter Gropius used to serve garlic laced oatmeal to students at the Bauhaus.
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