You know that feeling where you have a really awesome idea and then google it to find that a million other people also had the same really awesome idea? Well, here we are, I present to you: Savory Oatmeal.
Also known as “Svoats.”
^I swear I read that somewhere. There’s no way I could make that up.
The beauty of this recipe is that all I had to do was clean out the leftovers I had in my fridge and throw them together in a bowl. I toasted and cooked steel cut oats in a combination of water and milk (steel cut oats can take up to 30 minutes to cook, so if you’re in a rush any oatmeal will do). While your oatmeal is cooking, prepare your toppings. I used leftover onions, bacon, cheddar cheese, and eggs, but feel free to experiment with an array of vegetables and toppings, like mushrooms, bell peppers, spinach, toasted nuts and/or herbs, or even consider cooking your oatmeal in chicken broth! Serve warm.
- 1 cup steel cut oats*
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups skim milk
- 1 tbsp butter
- 3 slices thick-cut bacon (or turkey bacon), roughly chopped
- 3 tbsp onions, diced
- salt and pepper, to taste
- green onions, for topping
- grated cheddar cheese, for topping
- fried or poached eggs, for topping
- In a saucepan, combine milk and water and bring to a light boil.
- In a skillet, heat the butter over medium-low heat until it melts. Add oatmeal and toss in butter for 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Transfer to the saucepan and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 25-30 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally. Add salt to taste.
- In the meantime, place chopped bacon on a pan, and then bring the heat up to medium. Cook for about 9-10 minutes or until crisp, flipping occasionally. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon, drain all the grease but about 1 tbsp, and add the onions. Saute for a few minutes, until lightly browned and tender, stirring frequently to prevent burning.
- Scoop oatmeal into bowl, and top with bacon, onions, cheese, and eggs (or any other desired toppings). Serve immediately.
- *feel free to use any type of oatmeal