Savory Steel Cut Oatmeal

How to make savory steel cut oatmeal (a perfect way to use up leftover veggies on a busy weeknight!) cookieandkate.com

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Savory oats! Have you tried them? I’ll admit, I was a little nervous. I’m accustomed to oatmeal that tends toward the sweeter side. After publishing my “perfect” steel-cut oats recipe , a few of you recommended trying savory oats. Oats are whole grains, after all, so why wouldn’t they be good with savory toppings? Polenta and risotto are creamy like oats, and they’re great with savory toppings.

I cooked some up and stirred in extra salt, lots of freshly ground black pepper and cheese (Parmesan). Then I topped one bowl with a fried egg and both with lightly dressed, lemony arugula. I was skeptical for the first few bites, but now I can vouch for the idea.

I can’t claim that my choice of toppings was the be-all, end-all of savory oats, but I’m offering it as a starting off point. Think of savory oats as an alternative to a stir fry—they’re both cheap, veggie-packed, improvised dinners, perfect for busy weeknights. I keep my pantry stocked with Bob’s Red Mill’s steel cut oats, so savory oats are always an option.

My next savory oats might feature sautéed mushrooms ( like this ) or sun-dried tomatoes for some extra-savory umami flavor. Sturdy greens (like kale or collards) sautéed with garlic sound epic. What sounds good to you?

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    Author: Cookie and Kate

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    Serves: 4 servings

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    Recipe adapted from my perfect steel-cut oats recipe .
    Make it dairy free/vegan: Use olive oil instead of butter, non-dairy milk (or water) and don’t add cheese. Sun-dried tomatoes or sautéed mushrooms would add some umami, and nutritional yeast could add some cheesy flavor. Don’t add eggs if you’re vegan.
    Make it gluten free: Use certified gluten-free steel cut oats (Bob’s Red Mill makes some) and make sure your toppings are gluten free (all of the ideas listed above are gluten free).
    Make it egg/nut/soy free: Don’t add anything with eggs, nuts or soy. 🙂

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