My wife makes great steel-cut oats. Let me say that again and get some more brownie points. My wife makes great steel-cut oats. No seriously, she does.
Always big consumers of oatmeal, we switched to steel-cut oats a few years back. Steel-cut oats are whole grain groats (the inner portion of the oat kernel) which have been cut into only two or three pieces by steel rather than being rolled (this definition comes to you from Wikipedia). Regular oatmeal is made from rolled oats. Steel-cut oats are believed to have a lower glycemic index, hence they are supposed to lower the insulin response to a meal and keep blood sugar levels from peaking. They are also meant to make you feel full and thus curb the craze to graze.
As far as I am concerned, I prefer the chewy texture of steel-cut over rolled oats, though I would have no problem with either for breakfast. Anyway, back to the story. My wife had gone to the grocery store and came back with steel-cut oats and announced that we should be eating this as this is good for us. Now, “good for us” and “tasty” are usually not uttered in the same breath so we waited with trepidation while the wife traversed the information super-highway in search of a recipe. After some searching she found Alton Brown’s recipe for Steel-cut Oats on Food Network. She made that the next morning and it was really good. The next time she gained confidence and became a little more adventurous and took the recipe in a slightly different direction. Even better than the first time, this was a keeper. Over time, she has played around with the recipe and made it her own. Below is her version. Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS (for 4)
1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup steel cut oats
2 cups water
1 cup 2% milk (you will likely need more)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 overripe banana (optional)
A handful of blueberries (optional)
1. Heat the butter in a saucepan on medium heat till melted.
2. Add the oats and roast them for a couple of minutes.
3. Add the water and let it cook on medium heat till oats are starting to soften – about 10-15 minutes.
4. Add the milk, vanilla and cinnamon.
5. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and cook till oats are soft. You may need to add more milk to achieve desired consistency. This should take about 15-20 minutes.
6. Spoon into serving dish, sprinkle brown sugar on top and serve. You can decorate with sliced strawberries if you wish.
i. Banana version – smash the ripe banana into a pulp and cook with a little bit of milk till completely softened. Add right after step 4 above.
ii. Blueberry version – throw in a handful of blueberries about 5 minutes before the oats are cooked through.
iii. Banana and blueberry version – Follow i and then ii above.