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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Steel Cut Oatmeal

Sigh. There are few things I love more than going for a long run on a Saturday morning and returning home to a breakfast made by my fabulous husband. That was the case a few Saturdays ago...I went out and braved the cold (can't wait to run in short sleeves!!!) for 9 miles and then met up with one of my dear friends so that we could catch up over breakfast.

Steel cut oats are one of my favorite breakfasts, but I never make them because they're so time consuming. Therefore, I love Ryan all the more for slaving over the stove for those 45 minutes :) We enjoyed ours with a variety of toppings: dried cranberries, chopped nuts, and brown sugar. By the end of the meal, we had completely converted Katie to a steel cut oats lover! I love introducing people to new foods!

Thank you Ryan for making a delicious breakfast!

Thank you Paige for providing the steel cut oats!

Thank you Katie for enjoying them with me!

Steel Cut Oatmeal
adapted from Food Network

-1 tbsp butter
-1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
-4 1/2 cups boiling water
-1/2 cup skim milk
-1/2 cup buttermilk
-1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
-1/2 tsp cinnamon

1. In a large saucepot, melt the butter and add the oats. Stir for 2 minutes to toast.
2. Add the boiling water and reduce heat to a simmer. Keep at a low simmer for 25 minutes, without stirring.
3. Combine the milk and the buttermilk with the oatmeal. Stir gently to combine and cook for an additional 10 minutes (Ryan did for an additional 20 minutes I believe).
4. Spoon into serving bowls and add toppings if desired.