The Versatility of Oatmeal

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Have I told you that before?

They aren’t something I’ve always liked. As a kid, I detested them. I still can’t stomach well-cooked oatmeal porridge with milk and honey and raisins. Nope, just can’t do it. In fact, I never put milk in my oatmeal….or raisins. I’m weird like that.

My Dad and Mom used to take a bowl of raw oats, shred some apple over it and eat it with honey and milk. I can’t do that either. Funny how childhood tastes are hard to overcome. Thankfully I wasn’t a very picky eater as a kid. Now I attempt to hide my varied food preferences under the title “sophisticated taste”.

But, now that we got the “how I don’t like my oats” part out of the way…let me tell you how I do like them.

Lately, I’m really digging savory oats.

I love the sweet versions, like my bowl of Cherries, Almonds and Oats , but there are mornings (or afternoons, or evenings…) when I don’t want the sugary and just need the wholesome goodness of oats.

Tonight was one of those times. Home alone, for the first time in a long time, I decided on a quick bowl of oats and some hot sauce spinach chips (close cousins of the famous kale chip). There wasn’t much in the kitchen by way of food, so it was a good choice in more than one way.

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A couple weeks ago, I added some shredded cheese to my morning oatmeal, and a dash of hot sauce. It was, and I’m being totally serious here, as good as mac&cheese. Creamy, cheesy, warm deliciousness. Yum.

I was headed in that direction this evening, but I had rosemary on the brain. Don’t ask me why…I most definitely couldn’t tell you.

So rosemary it was. And garlic, and feta and olive oil. Mmmmmm… I wish there were leftovers.

You wanna try it?

Place a teaspoon or so of olive oil in a small sauce pan.

Mince one clove garlic and several sprigs of fresh rosemary. Add to pot and saute on low heat until garlic starts to turn golden.

Add 3/4 c. water and bring to boil.

Toss in 1/2 c. oats and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the oats absorb all the water.

Fold in an ounce of cheese – feta, Gouda, sharp cheddar, whatever you want, and spoon into a serving bowl.

Top with chopped walnuts and roasted pepitas, drizzle with a good quality olive oil and sprinkle on some pepper.

IMG_9454Oh my!

Another savory favorite?

Oatmeal cooked al dente with salt and pepper and butter. Top with a couple over-easy fried eggs, salsa, plain Greek yogurt and, of course, hot sauce. It IS really good. Trust me.

What is your favorite way to eat oats?

By the way, I published a new page for your convenience – the Recipe Index. (You will find the link in the top bar under the blog header.) The title pretty much explains itself, but this page makes it super easy to locate recipes or just browse. I can’t believe how much I’ve used it! There are recipes there that I completely forgot I posted. Now that’s bad!

I also added a place on the right-hand side of the blog to quote chefs, foodies and fellow culinarians. Have something you’d like to submit? Let me know in the comments section!

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14 thoughts on “The Versatility of Oatmeal

  1. Wow, I never thought about savory oats!! :) Oatmeal peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are my favorite way to eat oats. I know, not the healthiest but super delicious!! ;)

  2. There is something about the idea of garlic and oats that makes me shake my head in wonder… As good as mac and cheese??? I’m not sure I’m buying that one. But still. ;)

    LOVE the recipe index! If only my life could be so organized!

    Will enjoy seeing the quotes you come up with! Yay! I like the changes! And I’m sure I’d like this oatmeal/garlic dish too. :)

  3. The only way I eat oats now is with butter…you know and I know that you can’t sell me on the garlic. ;)

    I loved oatmeal as a child with brown sugar and milk. I’ve always loved oatmeal.

  4. Hooray for oats! I am definitely with you on the deliciousness of oatmeal. I usually do some fruit plain yogurt, and toasted nuts or sesame seeds with mine, but I think a straight-up savory version sounds perfect too. :)

  5. My daughter, Hannah, always eats her oatmeal with hot sauce. (She eats *everything* with hot sauce!) Sounds really good with the cheese and garlic thrown in, too. We’ll have to give it a try.

    I don’t like milk or raisins in my oatmeal, either. Usually just a little bit of honey and some salt and butter.

    • Hello there, Trish! Thanks so much for coming by! Just went over to your site – all the kids have grown up soooo much! Wow! It’s been a long time.
      Yes! Salt is crucial to a good bowl of oats, savory or sweet! Glad I’m not the only one not to like milk and raisins in my oatmeal. ;) The honey and butter thing? I can totally do that. :D
      Hope you are all doing well and please give our love to everyone from all of us!

  6. I use oats a lot, I liek that they make for really quite simple and comforting meals. Sweet if topped with a fruit compote or honey for breakfast, soemtimes savoury if I add stock to it instead ( ala the asian style rice congee I grew up with. oats is my shortcut sometimes haha). And great baked into granola or bars or added to crumble toppings ahhhhhhh! x

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