Yes, I am posting a recipe for something as basic as oatmeal! But, believe me -- this oatmeal recipe is something special. Rather than being simmered and stirred, the oats are toasted and steamed. The result is extra fluffy oatmeal without even a hit of that gluey, sticky texture that oatmeal can sometimes have. Even better, the formula for making it is extremely easy -- toast up any amount of oats you like, then add an equal amount of liquid (I've used various combinations of water and milk, all with great results), boil, cover, and steam off the heat for 8 minutes. That's it! Top with more milk and your favorite oatmeal toppings...I like brown sugar and cranberries, but you can get more creative than that. Bonus: clean-up is much easier -- no oatmeal glue on the bottom of your pot!
Fluffy Steamed Oatmeal (adapted from Whole-Grain Mornings: New Breakfast Recipes to Span the Seasons)
Makes 2 small servings or 1 larger serving
1 T unsalted butter
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup water
Toppings - I like dried cranberries and brown sugar
1. Use a pot that allows your oats to spread out in an even, relatively thin layer (no more than an inch thick).
2. Melt the butter in the pot over medium heat, and then add the oats and toast, stirring occasionlly, until they smell fragrant and nutty (5 minutes or so).
3. Pour the oats into your serving bowl, and let the pot cool off for a minute or two. The return it to medium heat and add the milk and water. Bring to a low boil. Add the oats, stir to combine, and then remove from the heat. Cover the pot, and let sit for 7 minutes -- no peeking!
4. Scrape the oatmeal back into your bowl, and serve with whatever toppings you like.