Recipe Tuesday: Steel-Cut Oats
Posted December 21, 2010on:
This week, my holiday gift to you is an additional recipe. If you haven’t had a bowl of steel-cut oats, run out to buy (and cook) some, now! They are oh-so-warming and hearty on a cold morning, and they would make a great cozy Christmas morning breakfast.
Steel-cut oats are thick, and they do take a lot longer to cook than regular oats—but they’re so worth it! And when I make them, I triple my recipe (ummmm…. or double, depending on your desired serving size) so I can stick the extra cooked oats in the fridge, waiting for an addition of milk and a quick reheat in the microwave. So, you have an upfront longer wait (and by “long”, we’re talking 30-40 minutes on the stove), but your leftovers turn into a 5-minute weekday breakfast.
These oats have all the health benefits of your old-fashioned oats (high-fiber, B vitamins) but they’re not rolled, so each oat is more like a little cluster. Makes for a more chewy texture. I find mine in the health food or bulk sections of the local grocery stores, and they’re generally inexpensive.
I found a variety of recipes online, ranging from traditional oatmeal (just cooking with skim/lowfat milk) to cooking them in a rich, custardy base. While the latter sounds indulgent, I wanted to keep my cooked oats on the lower-fat side, so I went with the traditional. I found the following recipe online.
Steel Cut Oats
adapted from TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com
1 c steel cut oats
3 ½ c water
Pinch of salt
½ c skim (or lowfat) milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
Any toppings you like (cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins, etc)
1. Bring the water to boil in a large pot. Add the oats and salt, and stir.
2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 30 minutes. Make sure to stir the oats occasionally so that they don’t stick to the pan.
3. When the oats start to thicken, at about 30 minutes, add in the milk and vanilla. Stir and cook for 10 more minutes.
4. Add whatever toppings you wish.
5. If you want (for reheating) you can let the oats cool, then portion them into resealable containers. To reheat, add a little milk and microwave 1-2 minutes (and you can always add more toppings!). Or… you can eat it all right away. 😉
Coziness in a bowl! Try it out and tell me what you think!
I’ll give you one more recipe before Christmas on Friday! Meanwhile, enjoy the season!