17. December 2015 · Comments Off on Make Oatmeal Worth Eating · Categories: Cooking, Food · Tags: , , ,

Nothing is better on a cold winter’s morning than hot cereal, also referred to as porridge. Unfortunately, many of us were raised on stuff in wax paper packets to which one added boiling water and stirred. The result was a mushy, salty-sweet bowl of artificially-flavored goo. But you can do better! The investment, however, is time.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

1 cup steel-cut (AKA pinhead) oats
3 cups boiling water
1 tbsp unsalted butter
½ tsp kosher salt
¾ cup whole milk
2 tbsp plain yogurt

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When butter foams, add oats and mix to coat. Reduce heat to medium-low and allow oats to toast for 2-3 minutes – they will begin to smell “nutty”.

Add hot water and salt, and stir. Mixture should boil almost instantly. Reduce heat to a slow simmer and cover. Cook oats for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Whisk together milk and yogurt and stir into thickened oats. Return to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes more.

Spoon up into bowls and top with one or more of the following:

Maple sugar
Brown sugar
Toasted seeds or nuts
Dried fruit
Fruit preserves

PS: As long as you’re able to buy oats from a reputable supplier that certifies against cross-contamination, oatmeal is a GF food.