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Steel Cut Oats

I have lately been addicted to the delicious taste of steel cut oatmeal. I usually just have it with added sugar or maple syrup but I know there has to be more to offer and this is the place to check.

I am looking for any and all ideas, sweet or savory. I actually would like to incorporate something as a side dish with dinner but I just feel like there is so much more that I can do with it than I am doing now.

Thanks all.

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  1. Not original, but I find when I add a dollop of peanut butter to my oatmeal, it doesn't need sugar. A lot of people like to eat oatmeal savory with a fried egg on top.

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    1. re: MarleneDietrich

      putting a scoop of PB in your steel cut oatmeal makes this one of the healthiest things you can eat. Low cal, Low Sugar super high in protein. this is a great way to start your day. Very filling too.

      1. re: MarleneDietrich

        PB sounds fantastic. Just don't try it the way my wife's aunt loves it; with tabasco sauce! BLECH!!

        1. re: MarleneDietrich

          I usually put jam in my oats but it never occurred to me to do peanut butter. Great idea!


        2. Alot of ideas on this thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/322089
          My favorite way is to toast the oats in a bit of butter first before adding liquid - learned that here on CH.

          1. When I make this for breakfast, I do the bit with brown sugar, raisins and milk, while Mrs. O has Butter Buds or Molly McButter, depending on which we have. I've also enjoyed it with butter, salt and pepper, and just a splash of milk. The Irish tend to eat it with buttermilk, which is okay.

            There is a kind of scrapple made with oats instead of cornmeal, called goetta, which I'd like to try sometime. Of course then if you use sheep's offal instead of pig's you get haggis!

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            1. re: Will Owen

              Oh my goodness, haven't had goetta since childhood around Cincinnati/no. KY area.

              Like steel cut oats with chunks of mango and kiwi--pretty, too.

              1. re: pine time

                Yup, that's where you get goetta, or so I've been told.

                Mango sounds like fun; I really don't "get" kiwi, though if there's some in the fruit salad I won't throw a fit.

            2. Love em. I make them in a rice cooker with raisins and like you, maple syrup on top. If you are into it, I have great low fat Oatmeal raisin cookie that use's steel cut oats


              Plump raisins a little bit. Not too much. Better if you can find big fresh raisins but you get the idea. I use all organic ingredients but this recipe works ether way

              Mix in your rice cooker ½ cup rolled oats and ½ cup steel cut oats, 2 cups plus 2 tablespoon of water and cook it. For more rich oat flavor, toast oats in a pan until they are starting to brown

              1-cup whole-wheat pastry flour
              1-cup oat flour
              ½-cup oat bran
              ½-cup quick oats
              1-teaspoon baking soda
              1-teaspoon salt

              Start with the cooled off cooked oatmeal mixture
              2-tablespoons veg. oil
              1 ½ cups brown sugar
              4-egg whites
              2-tablespoons almond milk or soy
              2-teaspoons vanilla extract
              1-teaspoon cinnamon
              2 cups plumped raisins (low calorie-1 cup)
              2-cups walnut halves (low calorie-1 cup) for a higher walnut flavor profile. Toast walnuts for 9 minutes at 350. Make sure remove walnuts from baking sheet after you take them out of the oven or they will over-brown and taste bitter.

              Mix wet and dry ingredients and bake for 17- 19 minutes at 350 degrees. They brown up fast, so keep an eye on them. I like them when they are nice and brown on the bottom. They have a lot of moisture in them so they stay moist for days and freeze very well for a month or so. I don’t really know. I eat them to fast. I have not added up the grams of fiber in these but let’s just say the train has no problem leaving the station.

              Calories when cookies are 3/4” thick X 3” around and yield is 18 cookies

              320 calories and 93 from fat, 30% fat.

              Low Calories

              244 calories and 48 from fat, 20% fat

              1. You might try it with buttermilk, like they do in Ireland.

                  1. I have steel cut oats for breakfast lots of mornings, with a chopped apple, a sprinkle of cinnamon, a packet of Truvia and 1/2 cup of almond milk. Very satisfying.

                    1. i add a packet of hot cocoa mix and a spoonful of peanut butter.

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                      1. re: jujuthomas

                        something similar i make called the SuperFoodMix... mix in pure ground almond butter, unsweetened cocoa powder, agave or honey or brown sugar or sweetener of choice, and fresh or dried blueberries.

                        another combo - roasted peaches or nectarines, basil or tarragon, vanilla and sweetener of choice

                        when persimmon season hits, sliced or chopped persimmons, cinnamon ( a dash) and vanilla.

                        actually, my favorite tweak is substituting fruit juice (apple, grape, etc) for some of the milk or water, and the flavor soaks right up into the oats!

                      2. I like to put nuts and fruit on the bottom of a bowl and pour the oats on top. My husband likes a sprinkle of brown sugar or maple syrup as well.

                        1. My sister likes it with butter, salt and a few slices of american cheese

                          1. When I want an easy supper, I make oats with grated romano or parmesan cheese and black pepper.

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                            1. re: piccola

                              In other words a combo of Rissoto and polenta.

                              1. re: princeofpork

                                I saw it more like a take on spaghetti cacio e pepe, but sure, same principle. :)

                            2. I like adding canned pumpkin with nutmeg and ground cloves for something a bit different. Or just chopped nuts, raisins, fresh fruit. Also, instead of cooking it in water, sometimes I'll use vanilla almond milk or soy milk for a richer taste. Maple syrup is always wonderful, of course!

                              1. Savory uses of oats include Goetta, white pudding, and haggis

                                1. I like adding dried fruits to my oatmeal in my daily routine.

                                  1. We pre-cook the groats with a hot cereal mix. liquid:cereal is 2:1 and I bring to simmer for 15 mins then turn it off and let sit (covered ) for half an hour before I stick it in the fridge to use all week.
                                    My kids like chopped up banana, frozen blueberries and maple syrup (we add these to pre-cooked oat groats and then nuke). I like a spoonful of nutella or a spoonful of maple sugar. If they knew nutella was an option I think they would like that too!

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                                    1. re: amyamelia

                                      Adding almonds is also a good idea. They are great sourse of energy in the morning.

                                    2. There are lots of savory recipes out there- it has become more popular in the past year to go savory over sweet. Here are some of my favorites.

                                      1. sweet corn and cumin
                                      2. spinach and oregano (sometimes with a small bit of either cream or neufchatel cheese added)
                                      3. Sauted mushrooms (I saute them in either rendered smoked duck fat or smoked bacon grease, but you can use either regular butter or vegan butter if you choose)
                                      4. I cooked a corned beef- used some of the broth and a bit of the meat, finely diced