Monday, October 29, 2012

How to make Irish Oatmeal or Steel Cut Oatmeal

I've been obsessed with breakfast foods recently and one of my favorites is Irish Oatmeal, otherwise known as steel cut oatmeal. My grandma, think red headed, spit fire, still gardens a 2 acre yard with orchard and cans all her own produce and jam at age 93) would sometimes make it for me. She's serve it with fresh raspberries she and I would pick together from the yard in the mornings.   They take a long time to cook but the end results are worth it. I make a double batch and then enjoy them for breakfast throughout the week.

Toasted Irish/ Steel Cut Oatmeal          
serves 3-4
1 cup of steel cut oats
3 1/4 cups water
pinch of salt
1/2 cup milk- any kind (almond milk is delicious)
any flavorings you like- 1/2 tsp vanilla or 1/2 tsp cinnamon or 2 TBS maple syrup  or all three. They're a blank canvas- play a little. I like a 1/2 tsp of ground cardamom in mine.

  • Measure out 3 1/4 cups of water and have next to stove.
  • First toast those oats. Toasting gives them a richer nuttier flavor - Place the dry oats into a medium to large saucepan over med high heat. Stirring constantly,  stir the oats until they are starting to turn golden brown and smell toasted.  Don't stop stirring because they will go from toasted to burned in a second.  If you don't feel like toasting them don't just throw them into the pan with water and bring to a boil.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and very slowly add the water. It will bubble like crazy so be careful. Return to heat and bring to a boil.
  • Add the pinch of salt and cover. 
  • Reduce heat to low and cook for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. 
  • Add the half cup of milk and stir to combine. 
  • Continue cooking, (still covered) for 10 more minutes. 
Serve warm. You can top this with a sprinkle of brown sugar, nuts, dried or fresh fruit, applesauce- whatever you like.

1 comment:

yonca said...

Sounds so good..I would top mine with a sprinkle of nuts;)) Yumm!
It has been a while. Hope you and your family are doing well.