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Apr 28, 2006 07:53 AM

Savory Oatmeal- Is it possible

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I can not get my husband to enjoy oatmeal as I make it with steel cut oats, a touch of brown sugar, walnuts and raisins. I suspect if I could make it savory he would like it- what flavorings can I use?

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  1. Cheese and savory seasonings of choice. Think of it like any grain (rice, farro, barley, bulgur, grits, polenta, et cet.)

    1. You might find some canned haggis and try that out on him.

      For things made from scratch, I'd use steel-cut oats and as mentioned earlier, fix them like polenta - add cheese and some herbs. As a matter of fact I like the idea so much I think I'll try that this weekend - thanks Karl!

      1. My former hated the fact that I made oatmeal with cream and bananas and brown sugar. He alway said the way he was used to involved butter- as grits I suppose.
        Love the oatmeal as polenta idea.

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          Marcia M. D'A.

          I grew up with oatmeal seasoned with salt and butter. Delicious, but perhaps not quite the thing you're searching for.

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          1. re: Marcia M. D'A.

            Ditto, but add a few grindings of black pepper to the butter and salt.

            1. re: Marcia M. D'A.

              another vote for salt and butter + milk.

              the problem of the OP could be the steel-cut oats - blah with no flavor. Rolled oats are the way to go.

              1. re: Marcia M. D'A.

                Exactly. But with about twice the amount of salt that's normally recommended.

              2. Like this? From Austin Chronicle:

                Savory Oatmeal with Seared Foie Gras at Cafe 909
                photo by John Anderson

                1) Savory Oatmeal with Seared Foie Gras at Cafe 909: They can actually hold the goose liver and just give me a steaming bowl of this fancy oatmeal seasoned with caramelized onions, applewood-smoked bacon, and maple syrup every day.