Sunday, January 4, 2009

Steel Cut Oatmeal

We're not real bit fans of oatmeal around here. But we do have it more than I did growing up. And by that I mean we sometimes have oatmeal for breakfast. It's not just a cookie ingredient. We started having oatmeal when we saw Alton Brown's episode on oatmeal and he made Steel Cut Oatmeal. I pretty much follow the recipe as printed, but I tend to use closer to 2/3 cup buttermilk and 1/3 cup whole milk instead of 1/2 cup of each. I really like the added tanginess. I also stir in about 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon in the pan before serving, instead of doing it individually. Much easier with the boys that way.

Steel Cut Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Serves: 4 servings

1 tablespoon butter
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups boiling water
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a large sauce pot, melt the butter and add the oats. Stir for 2 minutes to toast. Add the boiling water and reduce heat to a simmer. Keep at a low simmer for 25 minutes, without stirring.

Combine the milk and half of the buttermilk with the oatmeal. Stir gently to combine and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Spoon into a serving bowl and top with remaining buttermilk, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

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